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In Full Bloom: Counting Petals

In Full Bloom is an exciting math activity that will get your students out of the classroom and into nature. They will be practicing their math skills while enjoying the great outdoors!
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Students will be able to develop awareness of numerals by counting the petals on a flower.

(5 minutes)
  • Explain to your class that they will be going on an outdoor scavenger hunt for flowers. Instruct them to collect their own flowers to create beautiful art and count petals.
  • Ask for a volunteer to explain what a flower is. Explain that a petal is like a colored leaf on a flower.
  • Pass out grocery bags to each student, and head outside.
(20 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to collect at least two flowers.
  • Once each student has collected flowers, go back inside the classroom, and direct your students to count the petals on the flowers they have.
  • Demonstrate what the art project will look like. You may want to do one yourself so that you can show them what you want it to look like.
(5 minutes)
  • Practice gluing the flower petals onto a piece of paper to show your students so that they understand the process.
  • Count the number of petals aloud.
(25 minutes)
  • Ask your students to pluck the petals off of the flowers and glue the petals to the white paper, creating their own new flowers. Once the petals have been glued on, instruct them to add a center, a stem, and other outdoor features with the paint.
  • Have them count and either write or paint the number of petals above each of their flowers.
  • Enrichment: Give your students the Flower Addition worksheet to count additional flowers. Alternatively, have your students add up the total number of petals from their collected flowers, and direct them to write the total number on their papers.
  • Support: Work with students independently with flashcards. Give your students the Spring Flower worksheet to practice identifying order and numbers.
(5 minutes)
  • Walk around and make sure that the number of petals corresponds to the written number.
(5 minutes)
  • Have the students show their illustrations to the rest of the class.
  • Ask your students to say how many petals they had. Go around the classroom.

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