Dedication
Flower Power
Peirce Prides
Student Flower Power
Sowing Our Theme
Flower Songs and Poems
Links to Learning
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In our class we have a yearly theme. Themes help to build a sense of community and spirit in the classroom and give us a focus for the year. Our theme for the school year 2005-2006 will be "Flower Power" -
a theme that will surely grow on you!



~ Dedication ~
This year's theme is dedicated to my mother,
June Jacoby,
whom our family lost on July 1, 2005.
She not only loved her kitties so,
but her garden and its flowers.

We love you and miss you, Mom!



~ Flower Power! ~
HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO OUR CURRICULUM?
Aligns with many of our Massachusetts Science Standards:
  • The learner will recognize that animals (including humans) and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air, and water.
  • The learner will recognize that plants and animals have life cycles, and that life cycles vary for different living things.
  • The learner will identify the structures in plants (leaves, roots, flowers, stem, bark, wood) that are responsible for food production, support, water transport, reproduction, growth, and protection.
  • For a complete listing of Life Science standards addressed by this theme, please click here.
Extends our Reading program which:
  • Opens with "The Garden" from Frog and Toad Together and,
  • Has several flower/plant theme books in our Guided Reading component
  • Closes with The Tale of Peter Rabbit (remember Peter in Mr. McGregor's garden?)
Integrates well into our Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Art

The Flower Power movement in the 1960s and 70s adopted flowers as symbols of love, peace and beauty, but flowers, although delicate and lovely, are truly powerful in many ways. Without them, most plants upon which humans and animals depend, could not continue to grow. They also have the power to spark our imaginations, inspiring poets, songwriters, authors and artists down through the ages. Flowers have the power to enchant us with their beauty and their fragrance, and to amaze us with their structure and diversity.

Here are just a few interesting FLOWER FACTS:
Did you know?
  • Without flowers you would never be able to eat anything chocolate. OH, NO!
  • Flowering plants evolved over 140 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. They were even eaten by the dinosaurs!
  • In China scientists have found the fossil of what they think may be the first flower on earth. Learn more about it here.
  • From ancient times in Japan, September 9th has been known for its "Chrysanthemum Day" when the Japanese people enjoy the festivities of the season celebrating the beauty of the chrysanthemum flower.
  • The red rose is the national flower of England and is worn on St. George's Day.
  • The daffodil is the emblem of Wales and is worn on St David's Day.

~ Peirce Prides ~
Our yearly theme is tied into a classroom incentive program in which children earn Peirce Prides (PPs) for demonstrating the following:
Perseverance
Effort
Integrity
Responsibility
Cooperation
Excellence

This year the children will begin their learning journey as a SEED. After 20 PPs they will become a SPROUT. Another 30 Peirce Prides will move them to the level of BUD, and an additional 50 PPs will have them blossoming into a beautiful FLOWER!
Each child will have her/his own chart on our "Flower Power" board to keep track of his/her progress.
See right---->
See how we're growing below!

Note: It is important to remember that this is NOT a race.
It's not about getting there "first", it's about getting there!


HOW DOES OUR GARDEN GROW?
Flower Power - Believe to Achieve!!!! Congratulations to Erin and Yuran who reached the "Gold Flower" level for earning 200 or more Peirce Prides!
SPROUTS
(Dare to Dream)
BUDS
(Believe)
FLOWERS
(Achieve)
Erin
Abigail
Giulia
Myles
Yuran
Ashley
Charles
Eva
Stefan
Sam
Ben
LuKuan
Andrea
Nicole
Hunter
Matthew
Javier
David
Abigail
Erin
Yuran
Guilia
Ashley
LuKuan
Eva
Charles
Myles
Stefan
Ben
Nicole
Hunter
Andrea
Sam
Javier
David
Matthew
Erin
Yuran
Abigail
Giulia
Myles
LuKuan
Charles
Ashley
Ben
Stefan
Eva
Hunter
Sam
Andrea
Javier
David



~ Sowing Our Theme ~

~ Friendship Bouquet ~
To plant the seeds of our theme, our kick-off was a "Friendship Bouquet". Each child was asked to bring in one long-stemmed flower on the first day of school. These were put together to create a "Friendship Bouquet". We talked about how beautiful each flower is individually, but how SPECTACULAR they are altogether - just like a classroom!

Here is a photo of our breath-taking Friendship Bouquet. You can also have some fun creating your own online "Friendship Bouquet" here.

~ Chrysanthemum ~

September 9th is Chrysanthemum Day in Japan. Here is a bit of background about it:

Chrysanthemum Day (the 9th day of the 9th month) was started in 910 A.D. when the Japanese imperial court held it's first Chrysanthemum show. The Japanese had first come across Chrysanthemums sometime between 400 and 500 A.D, but only in 910 A.D were they declared the national flower (they are still the symbol of the ruling family in Japan - see imperial flag). Chrysanthemum Day is one of the five ancient sacred festivals of Japan.


Since September 9th was our second day of school Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum would be a perfect book to explore!
Chrysanthemum would also allow us to do some fun graphing activities. Check out these links for ways to use Chrysanthemum.

A Step-by-Step Lesson With Marilyn Burns

Loads of Chrysanthemum ideas

More Chrysanthemum Activities

~ Seeds of Discovery Pack ~
To promote the home-school connection, I've created a "Seeds of Discovery Pack". This pack will be brought home each weekend by one of the students to share with their families. In the kit children and families will find:
  • the book Oh, Say Can You Seed?
  • Magic School Bus video "Goes to Seed"
  • Magic School Bus video "Gets Planted"
  • Rosy the Posy - a plush flower
  • a special flower pen
  • a surprise to keep
Children are asked to read the book and watch at least "Goes to Seed" with their parent/s. Then they are to write about something they learned in our "Seeds of Discovery" portfolio. Next, they need to find a posy for Rosy to pose with, then either take a picture or do a sketch or drawing of the scene.


~ Links to Learning ~
Luther Burbank
Botanist and Inventor
All About Seeds
Learning About Plants
Flower and Plant Life Cycles
Learning About Flowers
Gardening with Kids
Flower Fun and Games
STAY
TUNED!

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