ADVERTISEMENT |  REMOVE ADS

Sunflowers, Van Gogh, and You

Students will taste sunflower seeds, plant sunflowers, research Vincent van Gogh, and paint a picture of a sunflower.
Grades
K |
1 |
2
Themes

Plants (424)

Holidays
Labor Day (39)

Holidays (413)

Type
Biography (310)

Activity (2,892)

Lesson (926)

Teaching Strategies
CREATE NEW FOLDER
Cancel

Objectives

  • Students will learn about Vincent van Gogh's life and art.
  • Students will create sunflower paintings.
  • Students will taste sunflower seeds.
  • Students will plant sunflower seeds.

Materials

  • Art supplies
  • Internet access
  • Sunflower seeds (edible and plantable)
  • Planting materials (pots, soil)

Procedures

  1. Ask students what the word "sunflower" brings to their minds.
  2. Make a list of their ideas on the board.
  3. Distribute some edible sunflower seeds, being sure to remind students that they should only eat the variety of seeds that are distributed for consumption.
  4. Let the students taste the seeds and share their observations.
  5. Explain the various uses of sunflowers (oil, food, decoration).
  6. Introduce the students to Vincent van Gogh by exploring the Vincent van Gogh Information Gallery (http://www.vangoghgallery.com/index.html).
  7. Ask them to find three facts on van Gogh's life to share with the class.
  8. Have students spend a significant portion of time looking at the Sunflower paintings by van Gogh (http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/sun
    flowers.htm).
  9. Distribute art materials and ask students to make their own sunflower paintings.
  10. Have students plant sunflowers in pots. They will need to transplant them outdoors in a few weeks.

Your Free Gift

The Ultimate Back-to-School Guide

Teachers are always thinking about their students, but devotion to their progress shouldn’t come at the expense of your own. That’s why we’ve created an “Ultimate Back-to-School Guide” for teachers based on our nine future-ready skill domains.

What you can expect from this guide:

  • Learn 9 ways to become a better teacher by developing a positive mindset.
  • Links to dozens of free resources curated by our experts to help you both in and outside the classroom.
  • Clear steps to improve your teaching and general well-being.

Sign up for a premium membership to get your Ultimate Back-to-School Guide absolutely free!

SIGN UP TO CLAIM YOUR FREE GIFT

ultimate back-to-school guide for teachers

Register