Well, it feels like we have had more than our share of April showers around here this year. 🙂
Thankfully, the sun has finally started to warm up some of our days and the spring flowers are in full bloom. They are a beautiful sight…. and an intriguing (as well as creative) topic for a spring science unit.
After observing, dissecting, analyzing, and categorizing flowers with your students and sharing books like those shown above, you may want to provide opportunities for some creative projects like the flower crafts found on the following sites:
DLTK’s Printable Crafts for Kids
Kaboose.com – tissue paper flowers
TLC Family – paper flowers
Origami Fun – origami lilies and other flowers
The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Edgar Stewart is one of many remarkable resources for teaching scientific concepts. This book combines detailed illustrations with a variety of fun facts about sea creatures from A to Z.
While ABC books are often thought of as resources for younger students, I have found that there are quite a few which easily lend themselves to working with students of all ages. They can be useful as an intro to a new topic or as a quick reference material for beginning student research.
The ABC book format is also a fun way for students to showcase what they have learned about a topic/theme. Working in groups, students can create their own alphabet books, using their new-found knowledge to design detailed illustrations and factual texts for each page.
A few more great ABC books: A Prairie Alphabet by Yvette Moore and Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet; The Invisible ABCs by Rodney P. Anderson; B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet by Marie and Roland Smith; Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America’s Farmland by Arthur Geisert; and On the River ABC by Anna-Maria L. Crum