Objective: Children will use their senses to investigate flowers and will press flowers to preserve them.
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Note: This lesson involves a walk outside.
Flowers are called “blooms” or “blossoms” and are part of a plant. Flowers grow on the stem or stalk of the plant. The stalk needs to be strong enough to support the flower. The part of the flower that holds the petals inside is the part where the seeds are produced. Flowers are the tools that plants use to make their seeds.
Flowers are nature’s beauty and can grow almost anywhere there is soil, water, and sunlight. Some flowers, like crocuses, can push through the snow. Sometimes flowers even appear in the cracks of the sidewalk! Many plants, such as strawberry, pea, bean, and pumpkin plants, make flowers that become the fruit or vegetables that we pick and eat.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.