- 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 the life cycles of plants, the many kinds of insects and bugs, spring 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.
Explains how to teach children firsthand about plant parts, plant growth, and plant care.
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.
A cute, colorful craft that your students will love to create for spring!
Mark the beginning of spring with this sweet scarecrow craft. You can display the scarecrows in small gardens or potted plants!
Supplement a lesson on art history with this Van Gogh-inspired craft that can be hung on the wall for decoration.
Insects and Bugs
With this unit on the life cycles 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.
This springtime craft project uses dried pasta pieces to help children learn the stages of a butterfly’s life.
Scan this Book Wizard book list for titles about bugs, insects, spiders, and other creepy crawlies!
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" Reader's Theater play, which covers the theme of changing seasons from winter to spring.
Children will develop creative-thinking and fine-motor skills as they use clay to design wind chimes.
Find the perfect titles to accompany your unit about weather in this Book Wizard book list, a mix of nonfiction science books and beautiful picture books from Kadir Nelson, David Shannon, Eric Carle, and others.
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.