Spring is such a fun season to celebrate in first grade! Are you looking for some ways to incorporate spring themes in your classroom? Check out these ideas below!
WRITE ABOUT RAIN
Many areas get more rain in the spring. Use this as a writing prompt! Students can write about what they like to do on a rainy day or what they would do if they were a raindrop. These yellow rain boots are just too cute! This makes a great bulletin board display for April!
Learn About Life Cycles
I love teaching about life cycles in first grade! We always do a mini unit on butterfly life cycles. I order the butterfly kit from Amazon and then keep it in the classroom. We watch as the caterpillars become butterflies and then release them!
My students always love doing this and it’s great for them to see the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.
Read Books About Spring
I love teaching about plants during spring and this book is a great read aloud for a first grade classroom! It’s about children starting their own garden and learning from their mistakes along the way. If you do a plant unit, add this to your library!
Earth Day is on April 22nd, so I like to add some Earth Day activities to my spring plans in first grade. The Water Princess by Susan Verde is about a young girl who dreams of bringing clean water to her African village. This book is a great way to discuss water conservation with your students.
Do Rain-Themed Crafts for Spring
Add rain-themed crafts to your plans! The umbrella craft above is a great way to encourage kindness because students will write compliments about each other to add to their umbrella!
The rain-themed craft below is a great supplement in ELA. Teach your students about shades of meaning. They will choose a word and identify shades of meaning to add to their umbrella or rain cloud.
Take Your Class Outside
If your area is experiencing nice weather, take advantage and move your lesson outside! This was a great incentive for good behavior for my students as well.
It was little things like this that made my students so excited! So if I was able to move a lesson outside on a nice day, I always tried my best to make it happen.
I hope you can incorporate some of these ideas in your spring lesson plans!
Hi, I’m Libby!
I’m so happy you’re here! I love all things first grade – the curriculum, the content, and the sweet kiddos. I’m passionate about helping K-2 teachers save time in the classroom with fresh ideas and fun, engaging resources.