We have many sunflowers around our area this time of year including in our garden at school! For our lifecycle study this year we are doing a week on sunflowers. These ones were right from our garden! We've been reading many books about sunflowers, their lifecycle, and how they provide food for birds in the fall (which we've been observing on our playground).
For this lesson I read this book which has great pictures and goes along in a rhythmic rhyme similar to 'The House That Jack Built". Very engaging for all and it tells the story of the sunflowers life and shows birds eating the seeds and then dropping some which grow more! The lifecycle!
I showed them this one first. This is out of our garden on the plaground picked clean from the birds!
Then we gently scraped off all the tiny flowers from the sunflower head to reveal the seeds! Each child had a turn with this at circle and it is quite fun to do!
Now it is ready to go on the shelf for them to tweeze the seeds out of the sunflower head one at a time! This child had an audience around her watching in Awe! The magnifying glass is fun for them to have a closer look at the seeds and the hole it came from! Of course, they love this!