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Fluttering Focus

Look at a flower garden from the butterfly's perspective.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Study how artists portray flowers and gardens, such as Georgia O'Keeffe's exaggerated scale and boldly colored floral shapes.
    2. Imagine what a butterfly sees when flying around a dense, magnificent garden or rain forest. Walk through a flower garden and take notes about what you see. Examine leaf and flower details with a magnifying glass. Draw flowers with details using Crayola® Colored Pencils.
    3. Cover a work surface with newspaper. Fill in any background areas using Crayola Washable Watercolors.
    4. Complete the drawing with the pencil techniques that best convey a butterfly's perspective of the garden.
  • 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: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    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.

    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

    Have students read poetry, especially poems about nature and flowers, such as Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen and/or Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost by Gard D. Schmidt. Encourage students to write an original poem about flowers and gardens. Publish and illustrate each of these poems. Organize them into a book for future reading.

    Organize a field trip to a formal garden. Have students bring digital cameras to document their visit via photography. Upon returning to the classroom, have student print their photos and display them in the classroom. In small groups, students discuss what they are observing. Use these conversations to begin student sketching of their flower gardens.

    What colors do butterflies actually see? Research the answer to this question. Students sketch two flower gardens: 1) from the perspective of a human; 2) from the perspective of the butterfly. Discuss how they differ; how they are similar.


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