Bursting Blooms

Bursting Blooms lesson plan

Learn about flower structures and their functions then create original pencil drawings that burst with blooming colors!

  • 1.

    Students study pictures and specimens of flowers. Students will label their four basic parts (sepals, petals, carpels/pistils, stamens). Students compare the shape, size, and location of these parts with their classmates' flowers. Students research how each part contributes to the plant's life.

  • 2.

    Create Bursting Blooms with Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks. Students learn how to show flower petals that have several values of one color. Press hard with colored pencils to darken a flower part. Press lightly for the illusion of a tint. Use the points and sides of the colored pencil for different line effects. Overlap layers to make new colors. Use short or long strokes to create texture.

  • 3.

    Students draw other flower parts, such as stems and leaves. Fill in the background of the drawing with color. Students discuss how color makes an impact, especially when there is a background of another vibrant color.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts or relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Offer students the possibility of growing flowers in the classroom. Have students research what on-going steps must be taken to be successful. Class members can determine a schedule for care of seeds/flowers. Students use Crayola Colored Pencils to sketch and label the stages of the flower.
  • Provide small groups of students with the opportunity to dissect a flower. Each group may dissect a different type of flower. As a whole class, have students compare and contrast the flowers.
  • After students have researched the parts of a flower, have them attempt to simulate pollination. Provide each small group of students with two types of flowers and a clean paint brush. Using the brush, students gently remove a small amount of pollen from one flower and transfer it to the second flower. What is the purpose of this exercise? Have students post to a class blog what they experienced in this activity.