On my website, I have guides for teachers, librarians and book clubs who want to discuss JANE IN BLOOM. Here are a few cross-curriculum tie-ins for working with the book.
Art: Paint or draw a picture of one of the roses described in the book. What would you name it?
Art: Bring in a photograph of a pet or a flower. Write a paragraph describing the photograph. What emotions do you feel when you look at the photo?
Language Arts: Write a poem about someone you love. Write a poem about something you wish you could change.
Language Arts: Floriography is the language of flowers. How about making up a language for something else, like fruit. What would it mean if I gave you an orange? An apple? A watermelon?
Science: Choose a breed of dog you like and write about it. How do certain characteristics of the breed relate to its special skills?
Science: Research one of the animals described at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Write a paragraph about the animal-where it is from, what it eats, how it sleeps.
If you have any other ideas, please share them with me. I'd love to hear what you think:)