Friday, March 9, 2012

Flower Unit Study

studying flowers
Studying Flowers
We finally finished our unit study on flowers. I was inspired one afternoon when I discovered that, to my son, a flower was just that...a flower. 

Although at five he can pretty much tell you every category of animal among other things, he can regurgitate very little about a colorful plant. So we began a unit study designed to foster his knowledge of the lovelier things in life.

roses
 
We started our unit study with a trip to a local rose garden where we spent a day filling out worksheets, taking pictures of roses and finally painted pictures.  Watercolor art is always a big hit at a new location and it's and activity that promotes thought.

water color
A Water Color Sample

 We also read about flowers in our Abeka science book. We start with Abeka science in pre-school thru first grade and move into Apologia with second grade.


We also toured a historic fruit ranch on the same property for our weekly history lesson. This property was formerly a fruit orchard and fruit packing facility so the tour gave us a bit of history and botany in one.

On day two we put food coloring and water in a glass with a stalk of celery (it's an older but a goody) and did worksheets on flowers. We also read about photosynthesis and took a trip to the flower store to buy flowers for more inspiration. My daughter picked these carnations because they smelled like Cinnamon.


We also painted more flowers, the tulips that my husband bought me the day before.




On day three we dissected flowers and the celery stalks, which was a very big hit! We also attempted to sprout seeds for like the umpteenth time...never works out for us.


We continued by making homemade perfume with the flowers we dissected on day two as well as some other common pantry items.

 

If you don't want to make perfume, you might want to make natural fabric dye instead. I also did a unit study on Natural Fabric Dying.

Finally, my daughter practiced her sentence structure and typing skills by transposing her notes onto paper while my son and I played with memory cards of flowers that I printed off at DLTK.

Chloe’s Flower Notes

Roses

Some roses have whorled leaf placement and pinnate veins. 

They also have ovate leaf shape and toothed leaf edges. 

They have pinnately compound leaves and spiked flower placement 

with ovate petal shapes.  
                             
Carnations 
                           
A carnation has opposite leaf placement and parallel veins. 

It also has a linear leaf shape and smooth leaf edges. 

It has corymb flower placement and spatulate petal
shapes.                                                

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