Plant Theme Activities and Resources: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

April 15, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • FREE printable Plant Curriculum, grade specific
  • Math: Plant Collage Shapes and Patterns, Geoboard Plant Shapes, Pattern Block Flowers
  • Art: Oodles of Shape Flowers Collage
  • Journal Writing: How to Draw and Label a Plant Diagram
  • FREE printable Guide: How to Plant and Grow Seeds
  • FREE printable Book: I Love the Wildflowers

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Why we love this book:

Time to celebrate! The planting season has begun for us here in Texas. Planting a Rainbow is one of our favorite planting books. We use it every year to kick off the spring planting season.The children love Ehlert’s bright, bold and colorful artwork. Her text is simple and yet full of nonfiction learning opportunities. This week we will be sharing an abundance of plant activities and resources. Planting a Rainbow is a must read during a gardening theme!

Plant Theme FREE printable unit

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Website is an excellent resource for FREE printable Plant Study curriculum.

  • FREE printable Exploring the Native Plant World curriculum for grades Pre-K through Sixth
  • Exploring the Native Plant World provides teachers with the tools and activities to teach basic botanical and ecological concepts.
  • Grade level specific, hands-on explorations.

Plant Theme patterns and shapes

Patterns and Shapes Scavenger Hunt

  • The Pre-k–Kinder Curriculum focuses on Patterns and Shapes
  • One activity leads children on a hunt for shapes and patterns found in the garden.

Yesterday the kiddos filled a vase with bright green clovers.

  • I asked Miss Enigma to identify the shape of the leaves.
  • Next, she identified the pattern as three heart leaves on each clover.

Plant Theme patterns and shapes

Collage: Shapes and Patterns of Leaves and Petals

  • Miss Enigma created a collage that copied the heart shape and pattern of the clover.
  • As a follow-up activity, we went on a scavenger hunt in our yard and she identified other shapes and patterns on leaves and petals.
  • Bliss to be out in the sunshine!

Plant Theme geoboard

Geoboard Flowers

  • Read aloud Planting a Rainbow.
  • I simply challenged Miss Enigma, “What flowers can you make on the geoboard?”
  • “Remember the shapes and patterns we found in our yard.”

Plant Theme geoboard

Geo-board Butterfly

  • Without prompting, Miss Enigma surprised me with a butterfly.
  • She was very proud of her ingenuity.

Collage Shape Flowers

Pattern Block Flowers

  • Math activity inspired by Lois Ehlert’s books: Planting a Rainbow and Oodles of Animals

Collage Shape Flowers

Oodles of Shape Flowers

  • Collage Shape Flowers in the style of Lois Ehlert.

How to Plant and Grow Seeds: seeds

How to Plant and Grow Seeds

FREE printable guide for children: How to Plant and Grow Seeds

plant diagram preschool

Drawing and Labeling a Plant Diagram

I Love the Wild Flowers

I Love the Wildflowers FREE  printable book and song adaptation.

Step 4: Mix the dirt for the square foot garden

Square Foot Gardening with Children

  • Step-by-step directions with photos for creating your own square foot gardens.
  • Later this week I’ll post hands-on activities for getting your children digging, planting and growing.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Are you a dirt digger? Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy planting a rainbow?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 28, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 29, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianne April 16, 2013 at 2:07 am

I love digging around in my garden. It helps to restore my balance and make me feel connected to Mother Earth. My daughter, who is 3, loves to talk to plants. It is so cute! We would love to win this. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Ellie April 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

We’re planting a small flower garden, but I wouldn’t say I have a green thumb! But dirt, yeah, I love getting my hands dirty!

Jamie April 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

We are just starting a garden. We are so excited. Our apartment complex has small plots for its residents, and this is a first for us!

Tara H April 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I keep trying each year with my square foot garden. I think this will be the third year that I’ve had it. It’s not done really well in the past. However, I’m getting myself (and home) more organized so maybe that will help….since I tend to forget to water the garden! ;)

Tiffany April 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I love to garden. It all started back when I would spend countless hours by my grandmother’s side in her gardens. I am not sure if I have a green thumb or not. The sheer bliss of being outside in the dirt is enough for me. My four-year- old has inherited that love. I always call him Ferdinand from the childrens’ book The Story of Ferdinand. He totally reminds me of the bull (aka Ferdinand) in the book.

Jeannine April 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

So have you ever had one of those weeks? Last week began with both kiddos under the weather with a cold and fever. I was determined to fight off the cold as we were preparing for a little trip to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Well . . . then the phone call. Long story short, My Man of Steel fractured his shoulder in 3 places. Everything got turned upside down last week. But all is good. I have my sweet little family and I live a blessed life. -life with Jeannine

Lauren April 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I have a deep appreciation of flowers and nature but I definitely do not have a green thumb!

Dianne April 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

I pinned the Rainbow book : http://pinterest.com/pin/381046818442423884/

Stephanie @ Lifes Little Adventures April 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

I really likes these activities. I would like to invite you to link up this post to my Money Saving Monday Link Up so others can find these terrific ideas as well.

Thank You,
Stephanie
http://lifesallaboutlittleadventures.blogspot.com/2013/04/money-saving-monday-week-2.html

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