The idea behind this activity is to give students the opportunity to reflect on their year (as well as to create a memorable piece of artwork.) Before the art-making happens, however, students will need to do some pre-thinking and writing about their year. Things they could identify are:
- something that went really well - something they had to work at
- something they are really proud of - something they learned - something that was FUN
something that surprised them - something they will always remember
- a way that their family helped them
- a thank you to someone of their choosing (adult, relative, friend, teacher, etc.)
Feel free to add or remove things that don’t feel right for your students! Younger kiddos may not be comfortable writing about or understand all of the ideas above. In one class, I had students only able to write a word or two, while other students were ready to write several sentences. Whatever works for you!
I’ve included a planner/organizer for kids to write their ideas before putting their flower together. This also allows students the opportunity to revise and/or self-edit. The final ‘product’ of their work is a self-portrait in the form of flower. In the center of the flower is the student’s face, drawn by them. Written on the petals are the words/sentences they wrote during their reflection. Leaves on the stem are also used for that purpose. I’ve included a blackline master for the flower center. I have found that the petals are best done by the kids – it gives the artwork some character, rather than EVERY flower looking EXACTLY the same. If you have enough time left in your year, this makes a lovely bulletin board display – a garden of students who have grown and succeeded in their own way. If making a display doesn’t fit your needs, it is certainly possible to mount each student’s flower on a large piece of construction paper and then send it home.