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
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!
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.
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.
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!
- 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.”
- Without prompting, Miss Enigma surprised me with a butterfly.
- She was very proud of her ingenuity.
- Math activity inspired by Lois Ehlert’s books: Planting a Rainbow and Oodles of Animals
- Collage Shape Flowers in the style of Lois Ehlert.
FREE printable guide for children: How to Plant and Grow Seeds
- A Following Directions Journal Entry
- Print this FREE: Following Directions Plant Diagram
- 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.
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.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 28, 2013
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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