Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter, Spring, and Earth Day Ideas!

Spring is FINALLY here!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  I am so excited about this warm weather.  April is an exciting month to teach.  I love to teach a unit on Beatrix Potter works during the month of Easter.  Not only do her books touch upon subjects related to Spring and Easter, they are also wonderful examples of children's literacy and include TONS of literary devices.  

My Beatrix Potter unit revolves around her stories The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. It covers a range of standards including reading, comprehension, probability, fractions, estimation, noticing details (character changes throughout story), text connections, comparing characters, retelling, sequencing, writing, determining word meaning, making visualizations, plants, science, and much, much, more!

Peter Rabbit Craft and Writing Activity

Making Visualizations Activity with Jeremy Fisher

Speaking of Easter, here is a *FREE* jellybean sorting and graphing activity:

Another fun way to incorporate Spring into the curriculum is by using these *FREE* Spring-themed Four In A Row Sight Word Game Boards!  

Students play in partners, and take turns reading words on the board.  If they read the word correctly, they get to place a marker over it.  The first person to get four markers in a row wins!
When creating the boards, I had an end-of-first-grade student in mind and used both the Dolch (Pre-Primer-1st Grade) and Fry (First Two Hundred) Sight Word Lists.  The lists contain many of the same words, and I think it only helps to cover words from both lists. :-)

Finally, if you're looking for something to do on Earth Day, how about incorporating one of my favorite Earth Day books, The Lorax, into your plans?  I've compiled an Earth Day unit that can be used alone or with The Lorax.  It includes reading, writing, craft, and personification activities.  

 A Personification Activity

Earth Day Fact Book

I'll see ya' next month!

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