“Lesson 10: I Am Thankful for Trees, Plants, and Flowers,” Primary 1 (2000), 28–30
“Lesson 10,” Primary 1, 28–30
To help each child feel gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for trees, plants, and flowers.
Prayerfully study Genesis 1:11–13.
Put a fruit, vegetable, or small branch in a cloth or paper bag.
Prepare small samples of fruit, vegetable, or bread. Check with the children’s parents to make sure none of the children is allergic to the food.
If possible, obtain pictures of local trees, plants, and flowers, and bring a few small wooden objects, such as a pencil, spoon, and bowl, from your home.
Cutout 1-4, flowers (similar cutouts can also be found in Primary Visual Aids Cutouts set 3).
Picture 1-22, Tree in Blossom; picture 1-23, A Nest with Baby Birds.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Remind the children that everything on the earth was created according to Heavenly Father’s plan. On the third day of creation, Jesus created trees, plants, and flowers (see Genesis 1:11–13). Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus wanted to make the earth beautiful with trees, plants, and flowers.
Display the cutout of flowers and any pictures of trees, plants, or flowers you obtained. Let the children talk about experiences they have had with trees, plants, or flowers.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Bring some seeds (such as flower seeds, beans, or wheat) and a paper cup full of soil for each child to take home. Show the children how to plant their seeds, and remind them that they will need to provide water and sunlight for the seeds to grow.
Have the children repeat after you the words to the song “Little Seeds Lie Fast Asleep” (Children’s Songbook, p. 243). Then have the children pretend to be the little seeds waking up and stretching while you sing or say the words again.
Cut petals, leaves, and stems out of colored paper and have each child paste some of them in the shape of a flower on another piece of paper. Label the page I am thankful for beautiful flowers.
Bring a fruit or vegetable that has seeds inside. Tell the children that there is a surprise inside. Cut open the fruit or vegetable so the children can see the seeds. Explain that when the seeds are planted and provided with water and sunshine, they will grow and produce more fruit or vegetables.
Take the children for a nature walk outside to look at different types of plants. If the weather does not permit going outdoors, the children might look out the window and take turns telling what plants they can see. If appropriate, explain the seasonal changes that affect the plants and trees.
Show picture 1-22, Tree in Blossom. Tell the children that Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create plants and trees (see Genesis 1:11–13). Explain that trees give us wood and fruit. Plants give us fruit and vegetables.
Bring a plant or a part of a plant (such as a flower or some leaves) for the children to see, feel, and smell. Give each child a chance to touch or hold the plant. Point out its color, smell, or beauty. Express your gratitude for plants, flowers, and trees.
Recite the following verse, demonstrating the actions. Then have the children do the actions with you while you recite the verse again.
I dig and dig and dig (make digging motions),
And then I plant some seeds (bend over and pretend to plant seeds).
I rake and rake and rake (make raking motions with long strokes),
And then I pull some weeds (bend low and make pulling motions).
The sun shines bright and warm (make arms form a circle),
The rain comes down, and so (bring arms down, wiggling fingers)
Right there before my eyes,
My seeds begin to grow (push fingers of left hand between fingers of right hand).
Sing “In the Leafy Treetops” (Children’s Songbook, p. 240) with the children.