for Flower Day
The students will create patterns.
a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- long strips will work best
paper or butcher paper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. This
is the story of a girl and her mother planting flowers
which bloom all the colors of the rainbow. It
does not discuss patterns. However, it is a good
starting point for flower colors.
on the background knowledge of the students, discuss
color patterns. Provide examples and work as a
class to create a pattern of flowers on the chart or
out the strips of paper and have the students create
their own patterns by drawing different colors of
flower. Older students may get more creative
with their patterns. For example, their patterns
may include the flower color as well as the number of
petals or leaves on each flower. Perhaps they
will have a number of patterns happening at the same
out petal shapes - about 10-20 per student - and have
them complete math problems using the petals as
manipulatives. They may use a pipe cleaner for
the stem and a button or penny for the center of the
flower. Give the students addition and
subtraction problems and have them find the answer by
using the petals. For example, "A flower
had four petals, two more were added. How many
petals does it have now?" Or "A flower
had eight petals, three fell off. How many
petals does it have now?" Older students
may get into multiplication by working together with
other classmates to find answers to problems such as
"Three flowers each have four petals. How
many petals are there altogether?"
students use sunflower seeds as manipulatives to
complete math equations.
sunflower seeds in a small jar. Have the
students estimate the number of seeds in the
jar. Work as a class to count how many there are
and compare the estimates.
the students graph their favorite type of flower or
their favorite color flower.
in some flower seed packets to the classroom.
Read on the back the grown heights of the
flowers. Have the students measure out the different
heights onto pieces of paper. Arrange the seed packets from shortest to
tallest flower. (Be sure to include some
sunflowers in this lesson!)