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Kindergarten: Parts of a plant

Posted on: December 30, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

Parts of a plant

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: Black markers, chalk pastels, damp towels, trays for pastels, 8”x10” paper or cardstock, and an actual uprooted plant (any sort of weed would do), chart paper, labels

Students will create a line drawing of a cross section of a plant showing roots, stem, and leaves and will fill it in with color for contrast.

Elements of art: line, color, space

Vocabulary: Roots, stem, leaves, cross section, blending

1. Gather students around and show them the uprooted plant; explain that you pulled it out of the ground at your house (but that they need to ask for permission to do the same). Ask if they know the names of any parts of the plant. Hopefully, they come up with roots, leave and stem, but if not feel free to jump right in with those terms! Quickly review the idea that the roots take in nutrients, the stem holds the plant upright, and that the leaves make energy for the plant and help it breathe.

2. Have them go to their seats, and with the black markers, have them draw a line across their page separating the ground from the sky. Explain that they are dividing the space in their artwork. Do the same on a large piece of chart paper everyone can see. Now they will create a piece of art showing a plant with its parts.

3. Ask them where the roots of a plant would be; draw the lines “under” the ground in their artwork with the markers. (Make sure to stress the idea of drawing to use the space, I would show the kids a plant that is drawn way too big for the page and one that is too tiny, as well as one that is proportionate to their paper size for comparison). Add the stem, and then leaves. Point out that stems might be thick or thin, curved or straight, and have them think of leaves they have really seen before when they draw them on their plant.

4. Now it’s time for the chalk pastels! Have them choose appropriate colors for the roots, stem and leaves. Some kids might want to add fruit or flowers; as long as it might belong on a plant, go for it. They will get dirty; have them wipe off hands with damp towels when you are finished with the lesson.

5. Have them choose a color for the sky and a color for the soil and fill in the background. Maybe use strips of newspaper to help blend the chalk in these bigger areas. Stress filling in the line drawings with lots of bold color! Spray the finished drawing with some sort of fixative so it doesn’t smear before sending them back with the students.

Options and notes: Black crayon would work as well for the line drawing portion

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