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The Sunflower Story
Young botanists discover what plants need to grow by listening to a story about a sunflower. The story is embedded in the plan, along with an excellent blackline master that is used to guide seven small groups of learners through their activities as the story is being read to them. While there are many standards listed for language arts, the main focus of this lesson is on science.
Van Gogh Sunflowers
Add a little texture to your next art project with an activity inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers. The art project is collage-based and uses ripped paper and glue to create highly textural versions of Van Gogh's famous painting. A materials list, tips, and full instructions are included. Tip: The project is perfect when you have a little extra time in class or during after school program.
Students grow their own sunflower and create their own sunflower art work. In this sun flower lesson plan, students base their art work after Van Gogh and other artists that used sunflowers.
Making a Sunflower Choropleth Map
Students analyze map to determine where most sunflowers are grown in five-state region, and use ArcView and Prairie to Mountain Explorer CD to create Choropleth Map showing number of acres of sunflower seeds harvested in 1992.
First graders study sunflower plants and identify its parts. They plant sunflower seeds and watch them grow and make sunflowers out of paper plates and colored paper. They watch videos and visit websites about sunflowers.
Students skip count with sunflower seeds. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students discuss the history of sunflowers. Students count by 1's, 2's, and 10's with bags full of sunflower seeds.
Sunflower Measuring and Counting
Youngsters improve their measuring and counting skills using sunflowers. They view pictures painted by Van Gogh. Everyone works in groups to measure sunflowers and record their findings, and they all use sunflower seeds to create sunflower artwork. Great lesson!
First graders, after assessing how plants grow in relation to light, create models of sunflowers within a game to help them remember their science lesson. In addition, their visual models serve as a demonstration of photo tropism in sunflowers. They also plant sunflower seeds in containers to observe their growth.
Students identify, measure, and graph different characteristics of sunflowers. In this sunflower lesson, students collect information about the sunflowers, and write paragraphs about them.
Learners view a picture of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. In this caring and kindness lesson students read Camille and the Sunflower and explore the feelings of the characters. Learners complete worksheets related to Camille's feelings in the book.
Simulate a random sampling of data by tearing 20 sheets of paper into slips and place a number on 10 and a letter on 10. They place the slips in two separate containers and randomly draw a number and a letter. They record their selections and count a population of sunflower plants from a grid that corresponds to the number-letter combination. They repeat this process until they've counted 10 different grid segments. This is their random sample.
Here Come the Sunflowers!
Young scholars study sunflower seeds, food make from sunflower seeds and other uses for the plant. They display the basic steps in planting and growing a sunflower seed. They completed the worksheets that are included.
Sunflowers (Grades 3-8)
Students examine sunflowers and discuss the importance of sunflower cooking oil and seeds. They view pictures, read books, sing sunflower songs, and grow flowers from sunflower seeds.
In this sunflower star worksheet, students read about sunflower stars. They then use what they learned and answer the 18 questions on the page. They need to use a dictionary for one of the sections. The answers are on the last pages.
Sunflowers (Van Gogh)
Students create a still life sunflower painting in the style of Van Gogh. They listen to the story "Camille and the Sunflowers" and consider the use of texture in painting. They create an original painting.
Students discuss expressionism, techniques in art, and sunflowers and create original works of "Sunflower" art in this Art lesson plan for all levels and abilities. It is suggested to take the class outside to view sunflowers prior to starting the project.
Sunflowers - Artists
Students demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the artists who painted sunflowers. They are introduced to the style of expressionism as they discuss and explore the many connections between art and culture.
Pupils investigate the painting style of Van Gogh by creating a bulletin board with sunflowers on it. This is a creative project that is to be done at the end of a unit of study for plants. Specifically, this is done because of the lack of a real field for observation.
'Colors Grow' Booklet, Part 3
Tint, shade, and color values are explored as learners create floral themed art. They paint a series of leaves and flowers using monochromatic tints and shades. They model their flower paintings after the color tones seen in famous pieces such as, Van Gogh's Sunflowers or Georgia O'Keefe's famous flowers. Note: This is the final part of a three-part lesson that culminates in a color booklet. It can be used as a part of the series or on its own.
An engaging, multi-session art and science activity awaits your class. Within this activity, you'll find everything you need to implement the plan. They go on a nature walk around their school, and must identify many living and non-living things. Once back in their classroom, they sort specimens collected by the teacher into "living" and "non-living." They also color in a picture of the Kansas state flower (the sunflower), and identify the sunflower's needs to stay alive.