|Artist : Graeme Hammonds Kumeu Auck|
This is just a reminder for New Zealand teachers to ensure their students develop an awareness and understanding of the kowhai which is in full flower at present -although there seems a lots of individuality variety regarding flowering of kowhai.
|Examine, count and name parts|
Visit a kowhai tree. While there students could record ideas to develop into a three line poem ( a simple version of a haiku). What are their thoughts about the flowers? the trunks and branches, and finally the petals lying on the ground.
If teachers pick a few flowers students, back in class, can be encouraged to complete observational drawings of a flower. From this questions might emerge for students to research. Teach the 'secret' to drawing is to look carefully , then draw,and continue doping this until finished.
|Measure growth of young pod|
For science (and maths) carefully pull a flower apart to count how many petals their are. Help the students recognise the stamens ( the male part of the flower) and the stamen ( or female part -which grows into the pod). What are proper names for parts of a flower?
What is the scientific name for Kowhai? Why do plants have scientific names?
What other plants are in the same family ( think of plants with similar flowers which grow into pods)
Answers to their research, there drawings and diagrams of the flower, could be developed into a research chart or displayed as part of a wall display.
|Pick a 100 pods. What the seed average?|
If there are last season's pods to be gathered collect them and group then into tens and get group to count the number of seeds in pod ( percentages)
Soak plants in water and try to grow some seedling kowhais.