Friday, March 21, 2014

FreeBEE Friday Link Up - Flower Unit Study

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The first day of Spring was yesterday! Is anyone else as excited as I am that Spring is here? Last week I shared some Spring unit study resources with you. Well this week the kids wanted to learn about flowers so today I have flower and tree resources for you. We had a blast learning about flowers, trees and of course xylem. One flower we learned about while on one of our nature walks was the Bradford Pear Tree flower bud....which may look pretty (bottom right photo above) but smells awful (like rotten fish).

Flower Printables:
Here is my newest journal page which of course is a flower journal page. You can also download it by clicking on the image below.

-There are several great FREEBIES right now on the A Journey Through Learning FREEBIE page including Summer, Easter, Spring and more. Be sure to also check out the $2 Express Lapbooks.
-Flower lapbook from Homeschool Share.
-Plants and Flowers lapbook from 1+1+1=1

Plan A Garden! - 4 day mini-unit

-Learning Little Lovies $1 Plan A Garden mini unit.
-2 Teaching Mommies has a Flower Unit Study for Pre-K- 2nd grade.
-Discovery Education has several plant studies with lesson plans for K-8th.
-Ellen McHenry’s site has an 8 lesson Botany study with a coordinating lapbook.
-Living Montessori Now has an elementary leaf unit and lots of other plant related activities and studies.
-Homeschool Helper has a plant lapbook study.
-Have Fun Teaching plant worksheets.
-CurrClick has lots of free and inexpensive flower resources like these parts of a flower cards, plants and plant growth (10 cents),

Flower crafts and food:
-Paper plate sunflowertoilet paper tube flower and tissue paper flower crafts.

-Pipe cleaner flower craft.
-Pasta flower craft.
-Paper muffin cup flower craft.
-Flower strawberry snack.
-10 fun healthy flower snacks.

Science Experiment:
To show the kids how xylem works we did a fun experiment. This can be done with cabbage, celery or carnations. Don't forget to download your FREE Science Experiment Journal Page it will come in handy.

-3-4 glass cups
-Celery, cabbage, carnations
-Food coloring

1. Fill the cups about three-quarters of the way to the top with water.
2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup (different color in each cup). Make sure that the color of the water is nice and dark for best results. Stir until the color is evenly distributed throughout.
3. Cut about 1 inch off the bottom of the celery stalk and place the celery in the cup with the leaves sticking up.
4. Several times throughout the day check the stalks. Observe how the leaves are changing. Let the stalk sit overnight.

The next day try some of these activities and discussion questions.
  • What happened to your celery stalk overnight?
  • How do you know that the water reached the top of the plant (celery stalk)?
  • Remove the celery stalk from the cup and cut another inch off the bottom. Look for the small circles at the bottom of the stalk that are the color of the food coloring you used. (These  little circles are the xylem, the tubes that carry water up the plant.) Continue cutting the celery stalk at one inch  intervals to follow the path of the colored water all the way up the stalk of the celery to the leaves.
Here is a Flowers and Trees YouTube channel I made.

eBooks/Audio Books and Apps:
-This awesome Flower Audubon App (Android) is free quite a bit so add it to your wishlist if you don't want to pay $2.99.

Product Details

-A book of fruits and flowers - Kindle

Great Books And Other Resources On Flowers (Amazon widget may not load on a mobile device):

Pinterest Board:
For even more ideas check out my Flower Pinterest Board.

I hope you find these resources useful. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or email me. Also be sure to follow my Facebook Page where I post FreeBEEs daily.

Welcome to a New Year of FreeBEEs. Every Friday I will share a great list of educational FreeBEE resources. PLUS...there's the added bonus of this being a monthly link up...where you can showcase your freebie posts or discover more amazing freebies from my blogging friends. The blogger link up will start on the first Friday of every month and end on the first day of the following month. Each month there will be a new link up. Link up anything that is educational and FREE including GIVEAWAYS!

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