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Spring Themes

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Vocabulary: bees, birds, blooms, butterflies, eggs, flowers, garden, grass, growing, kites, nest, plants, rain, rainbow, season, showers, spring, wind

Lesson Ideas:

Signs of Spring ~ Spring is a time when nature awakens and our surroundings begin the growth cycle. There’s a sense of new beginnings all around which makes it a great time to explore the wonders of all living things. As the weather warms up from a cold winter, Spring welcomes us back to nature and the outdoors.

Recommended Books:

  • Spring Things by Bob Raczka
  • It’s Spring! by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • K is for Kite: God’s Springtime Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin
  • Mother Earth And Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale by Sibylle Olfers
  • Handsprings: Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian

Related Worksheets:

Songs & Poems: Spring themed

Bees & Butterflies ~ You can discuss why bees are known as ‘workers’ and how they make honey. Another topic is to discuss bees and butterflies as insects and the important role they play in the pollination process. Discuss various types of butterflies and their life cycle. What’s the difference between a moth and a butterfly? (image gallery you can sort by type). You can even discuss plants that attract butterflies using these How-To Attract Butterflies to your garden guidelines from the National Wildlife Federation.

Recommended Books:

  • UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons
  • Jump Into Science: Honeybees by Deborah Heiligman
  • Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Pattern Bugs by Trudy Harris
  • From Caterpillar To Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert
  • A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Fly, Monarch! Fly! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Butterfly House by Eve Bunting

Related Worksheets:

Songs & Poems: Caterpillars & Butterflies; Bees

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Flowers & Parts of a Plant ~ Talk about different flower names: carnation, daisy, daffodil, hibiscus, lily, lotus, orchid, pansies, rose, sunflower, tulip, etc. Here is a list of general spring flowers with photos, common names and descriptions. Another activity is to discuss the difference between Green plant and Flower plant and work into the parts of a plant or a flower. Additional info on parts of a plant is listed in my Garden post. You can also discuss parts of plants we eat. Here’s an alphabetized list of plants we eat.

Recommended Books:

  • From Seed To Plant by Gail Gibbons
  • Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?: A Garden Guessing Game by Anne Rockwell

Related Worksheets:

Songs & Poems: Seeds, Plants & Gardens

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Birds, Eggs & Nests ~ Birds, eggs and nests are other typical springtime themes. You can explore birds common to your area. Most of the Spring birds are considered ‘perching’ birds, such as the Blue Jay, Cardinal, Chickadee, Robin, Sparrow, Warbler and Wren. Discuss what perching means. Using this observation vs. inference form, spend some time observing birds; keep a tally of what you see, document your findings and the different types you found. In that same topic, you can discuss why those birds are also considered wild birds to express how they live in the wild. Another perspective is to discuss how birds came from eggs and talk about eggs and nests to introduce baby birds and how their parents care for them. (gallery of eggs)

Recommended Books:

  • Robins: Songbirds of Spring by Mia Posada
  • Wild Birds by Joanne Ryder
  • Bird Songs by Betsy Franco
  • Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell
  • Our Yard Is Full Of Birds by Anne Rockwell
  • An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward
  • The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang
  • A Nest Full Of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)

Related Resources:

Songs & Poems: Robins; Other Birds; Eggs

Living vs Nonliving ~ Spring is a great time to talk about living vs non-living theme. You can explore how to determine what is alive and how everything that is living has similar characteristics and needs. In addition, you can introduce life cycles to discuss how living things follow a cycle of life. This can be plant or animal based.

Recommended Books:

  • What’s Alive? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • How A Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • What’s In That Egg? A Book About Life Cycles by Rebecca Baines (National Geographic Kids)
  • From Tadpole To Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • From Caterpillar To Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)

Related Worksheets:

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Spring Weather & Kites ~ One of the ways we can tell the arrival of a new season is by the change in weather. Spring brings milder temperatures, brighter days and lots of wind and rain showers. A great way to discuss this theme is to talk about words associated with spring weather, such as breezy, brighter, rain, rainbow, showers, warmer, wind, etc. You can expand the lesson by discussing weather appropriate clothing and things that go together, such as umbrella and rain or kite and wind. A fun thing to do this time of year is observing clouds or going out to fly a kite. You can talk about who invented the kite (Chinese) and why symmetry is important for kite flying.

Recommended Books:

  • What Will The Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Let’s Fly A Kite by Stuart J. Murphy (MathStarts: A Book About Symmetry)
  • The Legend of the Kite: A Story of China by Chen Jiang Hong
  • Kite Flying by Grace Lin

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Songs & Poems:

Collection of Spring themed

Crafts:

Spanish:

Spring = la primavera

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