Books- Springtime Memories
an Illusion of Time Passing in the Garden
Did you know
you can create a moving picture? Everyone has watched cartoons. Cartoons
are created using multiple drawings, each one slightly different from the
one before. This illusion of motion is created when you see many separate
pictures very quickly, one after the other. These drawings can be combined
in a book called a flip book. When you flip the pages quickly, your separate
drawings will create the illusion of movement.
You can create a book that will speed up spring!
With a flip book you can create an illusion of time passing in your tulip
garden this spring. Record observations and measurments, then use your best
drawing skills to create a picture for each stage of growth. Start with
drawings of the little shoots just EMERGING from the ground, and end the
book with your tulips BLOOMING beautiful scarlet red blossoms. Take the
book out to the garden as spring progresses, or use your notes to make scientific
drawings in the classroom. When you are done you will have created a scientific
and artistic memory of your Journey North tulip garden.
1. The Flip Book
Gather together in your classroom and talk about your tulips. Picture
the tulips emerging out of the brown earth in early spring. As the sun's
rays get warmer, imagine the air and the earth heating up and the first
small tulip leaves emerging, then growing larger and larger. The tulip
flower bud soon emerges from the center of the leaf cluster. The flower
stalk rises skyward and expands until the petals are spread, the nectar
sweetens deep in the the pistil, and the stamens shed their pollen.
concept of creating a series of pictures that can show the progression
of their tulips growing this spring. Discuss using your skills as artists
to align the images on each page so that when the pages are flipped they
will appear to be growing.
A. Collect these materials:
- 4 sheets
of copy paper for each child
pencils, markers, or crayons
paper into pieces about 4 x 8.5 inches in size. It is best to have smaller
paper than larger so the sheets flip instead of flop. Each book will have
8 pages to flip. Stack tight and staple all of them together at the middle
just like a book binding .
B. Plan and Create Your Pictures
Plan a series of pictures of your tulip garden growing . Plan to have
6 to 8 from start to finish. Be sure that your images line up on the pages,
one on top of the other pretty well. (They don't have to be perfect.)
on the bottom page of the right side, draw the first picture of your tulip
garden waiting to grow. The second to the bottom page will have the second
picture. Continue with each stage of growth through tulip blooming, which
will be your top page.
Your Book Two-Sided: Add Your Own Observations of Spring
Personalize your flip book with your own observations about spring. Use
the left hand side to make a book for your notes and measurments of the
plants you are studying. Look at the sample book above and see that it
is really two books in one.
Your Own Observations of Spring
In your classroom make a big web of ideas that could make good observations
this spring. Be sure to include the world around your garden. Make lists
of phenological events that occur throughout the spring season. Use these
ideas as springboards to document observations for your flip book.
and Create Your Pictures
Begin writing your observations on the back page of the left hand side
of your flip book. Start by recording what you see, or smell, or feel
when your garden has not begun to grow yet. Then as your gardens begin
to emerge and grow, write in observations that correspond with the pages
you have drawn. Finish the top page with a title for your observations.
Take a final look at your pictures. Add some detail to your pages if you
sure to sign your name as author and illustrator and record the
book flip? Give it a try! Share your books, and then CELEBRATE the motion
of springtime, in a book!
Science Education Standards
Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing
into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying. The details of this life
cycle are different for different organisms. (K-4)
and Space Science
The sun provides light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature
of the earth. (K-4)
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