"Earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo
Now is the time of year when Oklahoma's floriculture
industry comes to life. Temporary greenhouses spring up in the
parking lots of large retail stores and bedding plants spill out
onto the sidewalks of smaller garden centers.
Send students on a scavenger hunt in the garden section
of a large retail store or a local garden center.
Oklahoma redbuds are in bloom. Help students make Red
Dirt Redbud with Oklahoma red dirt and tissue
Egg Cup Flowers (from education.com)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
by William Wordsworth, 1804
Discussion questions and activities for this poem
State FFA Floriculture Plant Index
Ag in Art: Impressionism: Prepositions and Monet (lesson for grades 6-8 from the J. Paul Getty Museum)
Online OAITC lessons related to floriculture
Student "Bees" looking for flowers to pollinate in "Bee Smart; Bee Happy."
Barry, Frances, Big Yellow Sunflower, Candlewick, 2009. (Grades
The petal-like pages open into a larger-than-life sunflower. With
each page, a worm, a bee, a bird and other creatures watch as a seed
germinates and grows in to a tall plant topped with a big bloom.
Carle, Eric, The
Tiny Seed, Little Simon,
2009. (Grades PreK-2)
Flower pods burst and dispatch their seeds to the
wind; the air-borne seeds are subject to many disasters; and the
ones that make it through the perils of the seasons to become mature
flowering plants are still susceptible to being picked, trod upon and
otherwise damaged. But nature allows for survivors, and so the
tiny seed grows into a giant flower, releasing its seeds and continuing
the cycle. Reissue of the 1970 edition, with expanded, expansive
Colburn, Cherie Foster, Our
Bright Sky, 2010. (Grades PreK-2)
When a beloved grandmother becomes ill and is no longer able to
be in the sun, her granddaughter is inspired to create a garden
she can enjoy. She and Poppa work together in secret to transform
Nana's garden into a night-blooming oasis, a place where she can
be with the creatures and plants that bring her happiness. As they
work with seeds, trowels and wheelbarrows to cultivate moon flowers,
star jasmine and other luminous, pale, sweet-smelling plants, they
discover the sensory beauty of the garden at night. Gardening facts
and tips accompany the illustrations, which were created by children
who are battling cancer.
Noyes, Deborah, and Bagram Ibatoulline, Hana in the Time
of Tulips, Candlewick, 2005. (Grades K-5)
Rembrandt-inspired illustrations and text tell the story of tulip
fever's impact on a Dutch family.
Tagliaferro, Linda, The
Life Cycle of a Sunflower, Capstone, 2007. (Grades PreK-2)
This early reader book captures the development
of the sunflower from seed through germination, growth, flower development
and pollination and on to seed development.
More Ag-Related Books for Children and Young Adults
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