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Spring is the perfect time of year to read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. Pair it with these Planting a Rainbow worksheets for a fun book extension.
As you begin preparing your Planting a Rainbow book activities, be sure to include these worksheets for a fun and engaging way for your students to practice counting to ten, color words, and more!
These print-and-go worksheets are perfect for kids in preschool and kindergarten and they pair nicely with this popular spring story about flowers, colors, and gardening.
These free printables require no preparation making them perfect for classroom and homeschool use.
This 20-page printable is designed for use with preschool and kindergarten students, but it can be used with slightly older students who are looking for an activity to pair with this story.
Planting a Rainbow
As spring rolls around, many teachers and homeschool mommas teach about flowers, rainbows, or gardening. If this is you, you should add Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert to your lessons.
The story follows a young girl as she and her mother plant a garden of flowers. As they plant different kinds of seeds, the girl imagines what each type of flower will look like when it blooms.
It’s a simple story, but it’s also satisfying to see the girl’s hard work pay off in the end. As an added bonus, the illustrations are gorgeous!
Planting a Rainbow Read Aloud
If you don’t have a copy of the book in your home or classroom library, you can show this Planting a Rainbow read-aloud video for your students before beginning the activities in this pack.
Planting a Rainbow Activities
If your kids enjoy these worksheets, you can add one or more of the following activities to your lesson plans to make a complete unit study from this story.
Science: Teach the life cycle of a flower. You could also plant seeds in a flower pot for your children to observe up close.
Math: Take a trip to a place that sells flowers. Have your child search for flowers of every color of the rainbow. Help them count how many of each color they find. Older students can tally them. Younger students can draw a circle to represent each one.
Literacy: There are quite a few literacy skills you can teach alongside this book. First, you can focus on the letter F. You can discuss syllables. You could even talk about parts of speech with older kids – nouns, verbs, and adjective.
Planting a Rainbow Book Companion
Students ages 4-7 will love diving into this story. These print and go worksheets will help you extend the learning.
- Color and Trace: Color the picture and trace the word at the bottom of the page. Includes seeds, sprout, and flowers.
- Color words: Read the color word and color the flowers accordingly.
- Patterns: Cut and paste the flowers to finish the pattern in each row.
- Sort by Size: Cut and paste the flowers in order from smallest to largest or largest to smallest.
- Dab it: Use a dot marker to build the letter “f” and color the flower.
- Tracing lines: Trace the lines from left to right.
- Counting to ten: Identify the number at the beginning of each row, and color that many flowers.
- Scissor skills: Color the picture, and cut it out on the dotted line.
- Matching: Draw a line to match the flowers.
- Letter hunt: Circle or color all of the letters F and f on the grid.
- Counting to ten (part two): Count the flowers in each set and identify the correct number.
- Handwriting practice: Trace the uppercase alphabet, lowercase alphabet, and numbers 1-20.
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