Another project to celebrate Kansas' 150th Birthday, I had each grade K-6 do a different project with the sunflower as an overall theme. Kindergarten did a symmetrical vase with cut petals and circles. 1st grade did a "collage" of tissue paper sunflowers with brown paper circle centers. 2nd grade did a HUGE sunflower by weaving green and brown paper for the center and adding giant yellow petals, a huge stem and leaves. I was grateful that my 2nd grade has the fewest number of students because the weaving was tricky for them as well as cutting it into a circle and keeping it all together. I will probably use the weaving project again but 2nd grade might just be too soon. Overall they look great though.
3rd grade did styrofoam prints and had a blast! 4th grade did a radial design by folding and tracing at the windows in my room.
I had an idea for my 5th grade but at the last minute decided not to do it, so instead I gave them large 12X18 paper and told them to fill the space and we would color with watercolor paint. I got some great results for this open-ended project. My 6th graders did a pastel sunflower inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. They had fun getting messy and blending the colors.
Overall I enjoyed using this as a theme and have hung all sunflower projects in the halls for everyone to see. IMPRESSIVE! Or at least that is what everyone is telling me.