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Plants and flowers

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Diana Lim-Kemper

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Transcript of Plants and flowers

M3U4A2: Project-based Learning
Diana Lim-Kemper
Plants and Flowers

A Preschool
Art and Music Project for the
Early Learning 2 classroom
on
Introducing
the project
On the Smartboard, mindmap with students their knowledge about plants and flowers, and gather ideas of activities that can be used for the project:


Students will have a deeper and wider understanding of the following:


Why is the
Project Approach important?
It provides students an in-depth investigation of one single topic, plants and flowers
Investigation can be done by small groups of students or the entire class as a whole
It enables students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners
Students can experience self-motivated learning
It increases their desire to dig deeper, ask more questions, and conduct more research
Research is the main focus and is often more important than the project itself, and the students will work together with the guidance of the teacher to find answers to the topic

Integrating Music and Movement into the project

Notes to remember:

An adult, either a parent or the teacher, will guide much of this investigation, as preschoolers will not obviously be able to do the investigation independently.
Why Plants and
Flowers?

Conducting the activities
Nature Walk
Since young learners learn through their senses, scheduling a nature walk to view, smell, and touch the foliage would be a good activity to start off the project. When back in the classroom, students can be invited to express their experiences with some of the following preschool art projects, emphasizing on plants and flowers.
Plant and Leaf Rubbings
As you take a nature walk with the students, collect an assortment of leaves and flowers for future art projects. First, have the students make rubbings by covering leaves and sturdy flower petals with a thin paper. Gently rub over the paper with the broad side of a crayon (paper removed) or a piece of colored chalk
Pressing Plants
Dried foliage can be pressed and decorate almost anything. Bookmarks can be made as an easy class project. Start by pressing flowers that you have gathered in paper towels and then lay a heavy book on top. After a few days, most flowers will be dry and flat. Next, seal pressed blossoms between two pieces of clear adhesive paper. Work out any air bubbles with your fingers. With child safety scissors, invite the students to cut these bookmarks into a rectangle shape. Punch a hole at the top and thread ribbon or yarn through the hole as a tassel.
Stamp a Garden of Flowers
Supply your class with different flower-shaped stamps or sponges (these can be cut from a household sponge), paint, and paper. Invite the students to dip and press the stamp or sponge onto the paper in any design they wish to create a garden of flowers. Next, help the students to draw vertical green stems from the flowers to the ground using crayons or markers. For sparkle, glue on large sequins on the flower petals if the student wishes to do so.

Make a Flower Mask
Young learners can make this art project and pretend to be a flower growing in the sunshine with the finished product. Cut out the center of a dinner size paper plate. This should leave a hole large enough for the student's face. Invite the student to glue petals of flowers that they have cut from colorful construction paper all around the rim of the plate. Attach a wooden craft stick handle with heavy tape to the back of the plate.
The students can place their faces through the opening of the mask and pretend to be a flower. Encourage them to crouch down low and move up slowly as if they were growing in the sunshine.
Integrating Technology into the project
Self-assessment
The students can listen, learn to sing and perform the accompanying movements to the following songs:
Each of us is a flower

I like the flower

The flower song

http://www.nancymusic.com/Flower.htm

At the end of the project, students’ knowledge on plants and flowers can be reinforced through watching some of following educational videos:
Flower parts
http://www.makemegenius.com/science-videos/grade_13/flower-parts-for-kids

Flower parts and functions
http://www.makemegenius.com/science-videos/grade_13/plant-parts-and-functions-for-kids


Finally, students can assess their own knowledge and understanding on plants and flowers through the following interactive activities:
Growing plants
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/growing_plants.shtml
References:
(Accessed on 15 March 2015)

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/preschool-crafts-activities/63652-flower-and-plant-crafts-and-projects/

http://www.theteachersguide.com/plantsflowers.htm#Plants/Flowers%C2%A0_Lesson_Plans_and_Ideas


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