Read: The Legend of the Poinsettia, by Tomie dePaolo.
Teach the students how to say Merry Christmas in Spanish: "Feliz Navidad!"
Letters of the day: P for poinsettia, F for flower
Read about Poinsettia Day and discuss the country of Mexico, where Poinsettias are most commonly grown. Bring a piñata to class filled with a small toy or treat for each student. Take turns pulling the string until the piñata is opened. Give out a treat to each student.
Caring For Plants
Discuss the things that plants need to live and grow: sunlight, water, and air.
Observe a real poinsettia plant. Notice that the leaves and floral portion of the plant are made the same.
Ask the class if the colored leaves are actually flowers or just leaves of a different color. Take a poll.
The colored portion of the plant actually comprises leaves, not flowers. Discuss the special care that a poinsettia needs.
Poinsettias are tropical plants that need warmth and lots of sunlight. They need an even source of moisture.
Cut out poinsettia flower pictures from a coloring book. Print on construction paper and cut out at least 5 of three different colors: red, pink, and white. Place the flowers in a center, and encourage students to make patterns with the flowers. Example: (red, red, white, red, red, white)
Make a fan. Print a piece of construction paper with poinsettias printed on it. Color and decorate the paper. Then fold it like an accordion. Staple at one end to make a fan.