Springtime is here - but what does "spring" mean? The spring equinox occurs around March 21 when the sun crosses the equator towards the northern hemisphere, making day and night equal lengths. In fact "equinox" comes from latin meaning "equal night".
Students can observe many characteristics of spring - especially warmer weather, animals emerging, and flowers blooming. Spring is all about new beginnings and transformations. Following a long cold winter, spring awakens life symbolizing a fresh start.
Here are visuals and lesson activities to support the topic of spring with your students:
Discuss and note what students know about spring.When does it start? What does it look like? Then, talk of wonders about spring. Consider vocabulary, spring traditions around the world, weather conditions, and life cycles.
KWL is the process of writing what your K- know in the beginning of the unit, W- want to know - and L learned at the end of the unit.
Vocabulary for spring depends of the level of students. A young child may learn words such as "insect", "weather", "cycle", "change", and "nature".
Dispaly unit vocabulary words on a word wall for easy reference in reading and writing throughout the unit.
Display brainstorms of spring and look at simple books of spring characteristics.
Play games to become more familiar with spring vocabulary.
Check out the many beautiful picture books of spring in your library. Whether fictional stories or nonfiction informative text, students will sure delight in the images of spring and new beginnings.
Science in Spring
Delve into a variety of science concepts this spring. Consider revolutions of the Earth around the sun and how it effects seasons. Look at cycles of weather as the temperatures change or life as animals emerge and plants bloom.
Spring Word Writing
Use writing prompts to "spring" into writing.
Check out these additional writing pages for spring.
Build Your Own Garden
Create bulletin boards to look like spring. Use a collander and silk flowers to make a flower arrangement.