Flowers and Their Friends

Flowers and Their Friends lesson plan

Create flowers and their pollinating pals using Crayola® Model Magic.

  • 1.

    Study flower and plant parts: roots, stem, leaf, seed, sepal, petal, stamen, and pistil. Learn what role each plays in the plant's life.

  • 2.

    Invite students to investigate how sight, smell, and shape affect which birds and insects pollinate various flowering plants. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Model Magic to form a flowering plant (real or imagined) with all the main parts. Start with the largest shapes, then add details. Choose colored Model Magic, blend the colors, or create new hues by mixing white modeling compound with Crayola Washable Marker colors.

  • 4.

    Create a bird or insect (real or imagined) that would be attracted to the type of flower that was sculpted.

  • 5.

    When the Model Magic is dry, cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Paint and decorate both sculptures with Crayola Watercolors or Washable Paint and Brushes.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SCI: Construct original explanations of phenomena using knowledge of accepted scientific theory and linking it to models and evidence.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • In small groups, encourage students to investigate how pollination happens. If a digital camera is available, have students videotape insects pollinating plants. Upload student videos to a classroom computer and view with the entire class. Have students discuss what they see and brainstorm how the insects are working to pollinate the plants.
  • If possible, have students visit an apiary. Investigate how honey is collected and processed. Write a description of this process. While at the apiary, have students taste honey from various plant sources. Have them write a comparison of each taste. What color is the honey? What does it smell like? How does it taste?
  • Have students collect family recipes that have honey as an ingredient. Have these word processed by the students and organized into a recipe book. Ask students to create an original illustration on each of the recipe pages. The illustration should represent something that was learned during this experience.
  • Working in teams of two, students write original stories from the perspective of an insect pollinating plants. Students illustrate significant scenes in their stories. Designate a time in the school day to have students read, or perform, their original stories.