A Garden of Learners

A Garden of Learners lesson plan

Teachers are like gardeners, tending their students. Here’s a fun way for students to get to know their classmates at the beginning of the year or to make a memorable gift anytime with a school picture.

  • 1.

    Distribute materials and ask students to begin by decorating the outside of a clay plant pot using Crayola® Gel Markers. Encourage students to include their names, school, the year, and colorful designs on the pots.

  • 2.

    To make the picture stick, have students color a craft stick with Crayola Rainbow Twistables. Attach a picture of the student's face to the stick with Crayola School Glue.

  • 3.

    Have students sculpt their favorite fruits and vegetables with colored Crayola Model Magic. Or, students can make their own colors by blending white Model Magic with the color from Gel Markers. Air-dry pieces overnight.

  • 4.

    Put it together. Fill the decorated pot with the fruits and vegetables. Press the photo stick in the pot. Students are now ready to bloom in school!

Standards

  • LA: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.
  • SS: Show how learning and physical development affect behavior.
  • VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

Adaptations

  • Have 2-3 model projects completed for students to view and discuss. Provide students that have difficulty starting the project with a partner for guidance. If parent volunteers are available, invite a few into the classroom for student assistance.
  • Request a book on analogies from the school librarian to support your lesson. EX: Tiger is to Stripes by Lorrie L. Birchall -OR- You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch. Students may experience this read as a whole class, in small groups, or individually. Challenge each student to write an original analogy and colorfully illustrate it on a piece of construction paper. This can be made into a class analogy book. Create an original title for the analogy book!
  • Students research the difference between fruits and vegetables. Using Crayola Model Magic, students can visually represent their research. A written summary paragraph should accompany their models.
  • Students research vitamins that are recommended for children to consume everyday. Extend that research by asking students to identify fruits and vegetables that provide those vitamins to keep us healthy. Students may also inquire about the purpose of consuming these vitamins. For example, Vitamin D assists with bone health.