Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lesson - Flowers

(This is a lesson I did in May)
Welcome Song

Announce Date

May is a time for flowers. Everywhere we look, flowers are blooming. Let’s look at the parts of a flower.  (I used several flowers I picked from our yard to show how very different flowers all have these same parts.  This page may also help you.)

Sepal (protects flower before it opens)
Pistil (catches pollen)
Stamen (makes pollen)

Explain where seeds are made and how bees pollinate flowers.  Ask: What other insects or animals might pollinate flowers? (butterflies, moths, flies, and hummingbirds).

Spanish Vocabulary
Here are some Spanish words related to Flowers:

primavera = Spring
flor = flower
p├ętalos = petals
hojas = leaves
tallo = stem
semilla = seed
abejas = bees

One to Ten... and Back Again (An Amazing Pull-the-Ribbon Book) by Betty Ann Schwartz
Ribbon pulling book with flower and bugs

Letter of the Day - F
F is for Flower.  Can we think of some other words that start with F? (friend, family, farm, fork, five, fingers)

Worksheet: p. 25 in Kindergarten Language Arts Success, p.78-79 in Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K 

Number of the Day - 6
Count to 6, show six on our fingers, look at a die and find the side with 6 dots.

Worksheet: p. 136-137 in Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Look for flowers outside

Corked Stamped Flowers

Closing Song
(Adapted from Susan's post on Perpetual Preschool)
First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground.
(Mime taking a seed and planting it in your other hand, balled up in a fist.)
Next a rain cloud comes and waters all around.
(Keep fist with seed same, use other hand to simulate a rain cloud raining down on seed.)
Next the sun shines brightly, without a sound.
(Keep fist with seed same, use other hand to shine down by moving fingers over seed.)
And in just a few days... a flower is found!
(Move fist with seed up through other hand and open like a flower.)

After kids are familiar with this poem, have THEM be the seeds that I plant and water and shine on. When I tap them on the heads the first time as I say the first line, they drop to the floor as if they have been planted. I tap them on the heads again as I recite the last line, and they grow into beautiful flowers.

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