Nature Study: Daffodils – Dissection, Poetry & Drawings
We read from the Big Handbook of Nature Study about daffodils and learned some flower vocabulary.
To go along with our theme of daffodils we read the poem Daffodils (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud) by William Wordsworth, and included a copy of it in our nature journals. We also watched this great animated version of Daffodils. It really helped the kids to better understand what the poem was talking about.
To decorate our journal page with the poem on it, we learned to draw a daffodil. Both Chloe and Jayden have different preferences in how to receive information so I found a means that accommodated each of them. Chloe loves this site called dragoart.com that give drawn step by step instructions of different things. Jayden preferred to watch a video tutorial of drawing a daffodil instead.
How to draw a daffodil:
Watch this video:
Also check out this tutorial: (below is an example of one of the steps)
STEP 4. For the last drawing step, all you have to do is draw the stem, stamen, and then the rest of the petals you see here. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up the flower sketch.
Dissection of a daffodil:
I found some great resources for dissecting a daffodil as well (see the links below for free printable directions and worksheets). The kids just went nuts over this! Their favorite part was all the tiny little unfertilized eggs that were in the pod just below the base of the flower.
Parts of the daffodil – On this page there are 2 different pdfs. One is a line drawing with all of the parts labeled. The other is the text definitions of the parts which are labeled in the above diagram.
April 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
What a fun day thanks for sharing it with us.
April 28, 2012 @ 4:46 pm
It is such a blessing to be able to have tutorials like these on line. Especially for people like me who draws stick figures. The Lord did not bless me with artistic talent.
The kids must of had so much fun with the science part of this too.
April 29, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
Love the photo collages!
April 29, 2012 @ 10:32 pm
Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain
May 1, 2012 @ 10:57 am
What a great study! I love the art tutorial too! I’m SO not an artist!
May 1, 2012 @ 11:06 am
Jessy, I am NO artist either, thus the tutorials! I am finding the nature studies/journals are a great way to get out in the nicer weather, learn something, and include art as well!
April 10, 2017 @ 2:27 pm
What a fun unit study on daffodils!
April 11, 2017 @ 9:38 am
It was one of my favorites! Hoping to find a few more plants/flowers/birds in our area this year to do this with.
April 13, 2017 @ 10:06 am
I love this flower, too bad the deer always eat them 🙁 lol Great drawings and resources. Thanks for sharing.
April 13, 2017 @ 1:09 pm
This looks like a great summer activity!
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