Learning the parts of a flower is a great activity for children during the warmer months when flowers are popping up and out. This is the first of a three part series of activities that can easily be done simultaneously or separately.
This particular lesson using nomenclature cards is a staple in the Montessori primary and lower elementary environments. You can adapt this lesson however you feel best to suit your child or classroom.
Objective: to learn the basic anatomy of a flower.
Deeper Objective: to gain a deeper understanding, awareness and more respect for nature by learning the anatomy of the flower.
(A mushroom is actually in Kingdom Fungi)
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1. Nomenclature cards for parts of a flower (see Montessori For Everyone and Montessori Printshop)
2. blank flower pages (for the child to color and make into a booklet – normally included with nomenclature card download)
3. colored pencils
1. When you have everything at your rug or table (aka your personal space), start to lay the cards out that have the picture and the name (hereon called picture/name card) of each part of the flower.
2. Match the picture cards up with the correct picture/name cards and lay them underneath their matches (some teachers prefer to lay the picture card on top of the matching picture/name card).
3. Match the name cards up with the correct picture/name cards and lay them underneath their matches (or on top of the matching picture/name card). When working with much younger kids like primary ages, I’ll be more exaggerated about this and pretend as though I am thinking out loud. For example, in the above picture I am seeing if the symbols that make up this word (I jokingly add, the symbols we call letters) match the symbols that make up the other word. If they do not match I say no out loud and move on to the next name until I find the name that matches. When this happens I say a satisfied and happy yes and lay the name card down underneath the picture card.
4. Once all of the cards are matched up, take enough of the blank flower coloring pages to make each part of the flower. In this set of cards there are five. If you do not have any completely blank pages cut out at the same size you can always turn an extra page over to use as the cover of your book.
5. Use one page for each part of the flower. Some teachers like to have the petals a uniform color, but I’ve played around with students trying to mimic the colors of their favorite flowers, even if there are stripes or spots. As long as it’s not too busy and they are coloring at their best ability.
6. Write a title on the blank white page to use for your title and stack the pages together into a book. Staple, and there you have your own Parts of the Flower book to show off to the world!
See my next post on Parts of a Flower Part II.
Montessori Printshop also has parts of the flower nomenclature definition cards that create more of a challenge for older children. When making the booklet, the older child can write the definition on the opposite page.
The cover of the booklet can be in any format. You can always use a different colored piece of paper (perhaps to match the child’s flower?) and/or the child is always more than welcome to decorate the cover. I often ask that the decorations reflect the work, so no little Jedi guys flying around the title!