Monday, September 13, 2010

F is for Flower

Last week, the girls worked on the letter Ff.  We worked with several themes for the letter Ff, the first being flowers. 

We started our day with a watermelon breakfast (Thanks Abigail for the inspiration!).  The girls loved the flower shaped melon.  I used a cookie cutter to make the flower shape in the watermelon, then cut strips of honey dew for the stems and leaves, and put a half grape in the center of each flower.

Arin colored the parts of a flower and glued them together to make a plant.  She learned about the simple parts of a flowering plant: flower, stem, leaves, roots.  She learned that roots help anchor the plants and also suck the water out of the soil to hydrate the plant.  She also learned that all flowers need four things to grow: sun, soil, air, water.  This activity can be found here.

For fun, the girls make flower prints by dipping the bottom of a soda bottle into paint and stamping it onto paper.  The center of the flower was made with the soda bottle cap.  I wish we would have found a smaller circle or skipped that step altogether.  Arin loves anything involving paint, so this was a fun activity for her. The idea came from here.

She practiced writing the letter Ff with this worksheet. (found here)

Arin played a flower sight words game.  Some of the words she had never worked with, but they are all cvc words and she was able to sound them out.  She did a great job with this lesson and she had fun with it.  You can find the game here.

I found a pre-writing practice sheet in the shape of a flower.  Arin traced it and then she practiced using scissors by cutting the flower out.  The flower can be found here.

Because Arin loves to use glue, I printed a second flower (like the one above) and arin practiced putting glue on the dotted line of the flower, then she placed yarn on top of the glue to outline the flower.

We read several flower books.

The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
What is a Flower? by Jenifer W. Day
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
Walkabout Flowers by Henry Pluckrose
The Life Cycle of a Flower by Molly Aloian and Bobbie Kalman
Let's Look at Flowers by Nicola Tuxworth
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
My Garden by Kevin Henkes

1 comment:

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I'm so happy to see you did the flower prints with soda bottles!!! :-) Thanks so much for the link! xoxo