- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Find new ideas for teaching spring with these lesson plans, science project ideas, and outdoor activities. Introduce your students to life cycles, weather patterns, and the great outdoors!
With a hands-on approach, grow your students' knowledge of plants, from plant structure to life cycle to oxygen production.
Teach about water movement with this experiment in which students observe how water gets from the root of a plant to the top.
Spring is a wonderful time to teach little ones all about plants. Read on to see what we are learning about in the upcoming weeks.
Channel students' curiosity and excitement about the spring season by starting a classroom garden.
Illustrate an apple tree's growth by having students work as a team to create a display about the four seasons.
If you can, bring in real sunflowers to inspire your students before they begin this bright and sunny spring craft.
This colorful, flowery craft may be more suitable for older students due to the cutting and preparation required.
Students watch as the crayons change from solid to liquid and become the flower stems and grass of their spring gardens.
This stained glass art project is a great way for students to practice mixing paint and creating new colors.
Mark the beginning of spring with this sweet scarecrow craft. You can display the scarecrows in small gardens or potted plants!
Insects and Bugs
With this unit on the lifecycles and fascinating characteristics of insects, kids create their own butterfly figures, engage in dramatic play, and more.
How do the Magic School Bus kids communicate where nectar flowers are? By dancing like bees! Challenge your kids to dance the Honey-Bee-Bop to communicate the location of hidden flowers.
Let our many-legged insect friends inspire some science fun with these five bug-friendly activites for the classroom and the playground.
Watch paper plates morph into beautiful butterflies and cute caterpillars with these imaginative crafts inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Students will illustrate a butterfly’s four-stage life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly, on a three-dimensional mobile.
Create these fun caterpillars to celebrate spring and Eric Carle’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Students can create this colorful, fun craft project, personalized with footprints, as a gift for parents.
Students create and decorate their own butterfly in this fun springtime craft.
Weather and Seasons
Introduce the water cycle with these hands-on activities, including a weather calendar, a manipulative model, rain cycle flap-books, and charting a month of rain.
Celebrate the wonders of springtime with this story about a young girl who enjoys the sights and smells of the season.
Science and language arts activities, from comparing and contrasting seasons to identifying the characteristics of a flower.
Create these beautiful sun catchers to ring in spring and decorate for spring holidays.
Students create and wear these masks to celebrate spring and be like March: in like a lion and out like a lamb!
Capture the excitement of spring by having students perform the "In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb" Readers Theater play, which covers the theme of changing seasons from winter to spring.
Clifford the Big Red Dog teaches us the importance of working together to care for our environment!
Ten to-do tasks for spring cleaning and organization, plus revving up to revamp and rejuvenate.
Teacher Stacey Burt offers suggestions on planning and organizing the classroom and preparing your students for state testing.
Strategies to tackle spring fever and keep kids focused, from brain breaks to outdoor activities.