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Young learners are buzzing with excitement as the weather warms up, baby animals are being born, and there’s so much change to witness outside! Channel your students’ energy into learning with these 12 ideas to help engage your students in all the wondrous seasonal transformations that happen in spring.

1. Fascinating Spring Facts

Spring is full of opportunities to teach intriguing facts about nature! From the exciting stages of plant and animal growth to the breadth of new colors that emerge with the change of the season, exploring real-world facts and photographs can help build literacy skills while sparking an early interest in science. 

Pair nonfiction read-alouds with fun-filled activities, such as color by numbers or sorting shapes featuring the popular spring icons of flowers, rainbows, and baby chicks.

2. Springtime Tales

Immerse students in compelling fiction titles that explore spring themes. Fiction stories help young learners relate to characters’ experiences, deepening their understanding of the natural world. It can also help broaden their awareness of the traits of certain animals, especially if a story is told from an animal’s perspective!

3. Seeds, Plants, and Trees

Young learners may see nature outside every day. Spring is the perfect time to introduce them to how trees, plants, and flowers grow. 

While nonfiction titles provide valuable insight into the journey from seed pollination to plant growth, fiction titles can also help students understand the importance of virtues such as patience, nurturing, and persistence. 

Trees are also a wonderful visual subject for sight word or letter-matching activities. For instance, students may enjoy the hands-on aspect of writing words on leaf cut-outs and matching them to trees on a worksheet.

4. Beautiful Butterflies

Butterflies are some of students’ favorite animals to see in spring. Not only are adult butterflies a captivating sight, but their life cycle is also particularly fascinating for young learners. Charming nonfiction and fiction titles exploring the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly will help bring more color and life into your life cycle lessons.

5. Amazing Animals

Encourage students to learn and identify the wonders of their favorite animals with nonfiction titles featuring real photographs of incredible creatures. These books spark questions from students and are ideal prompts for fact-recording activities—in which students note the most interesting facts learned about a given animal as you read each book.

6.  Insects and Bugs

Bugs are everywhere in the spring! Help your students discover more about the insects and bugs they’re fascinated by with nonfiction titles. Fiction titles that present a bug's point of view can also help your students learn about biology in an engaging, fun way. 

For a counting activity the whole class will love, create a bug jar filled with “worms” (spaghetti or vermicelli) and ask students to guess how many are inside!

7. Weather

Show students the science behind spring weather by exploring titles filled with interesting facts and stories. Books about weather can help you teach about the typical patterns of spring, where rain comes from, and different types of clouds.

Put their knowledge into practice by asking students to complete a weather journal: for one week, ask them to record the temperature each day, how it felt (icy, humid, pleasant), the type of clouds seen, and their predictions for the next day’s weather. Students can present their findings to the class.

8. Spring Vocabulary

Grow your students’ vocabulary through sight words! Spring-themed vocabulary books help students build their understanding of science while also boosting their vocabulary skills. With fascinating facts and eye-popping photos, these books help students become more confident readers.

9.  Spring by the Numbers

There’s so much to count on in spring, and there are many great books that combine math and spring themes! Help build early math literacy skills while teaching essential concepts like counting, addition, subtraction, shapes, patterns, measurement, and time.

Further develop students’ math literacy with number matching and writing activities. Encourage your students to take counting from the books to their own backyard by counting the flowers, clouds, and birds they encounter in the spring—and sharing their final numbers with the class!

10.  Flower Power

Flowers are an enchanting topic for students to explore in spring. Teach about their growth, varieties, and scent with fiction and nonfiction titles that help improve students’ reading comprehension.

11.  Spring Cleaning

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore! Share the joy of tidying up with your students with engaging fiction titles that help get everyone in the cleaning mood.

Put their spring-cleaning skills into practice by asking students to create a clean-up poster that lists all the steps they take to clean their bedrooms, desk, or any personal space. They can display the poster as an encouraging reminder in the classroom or at home.

12. Earth Day

Teach concepts about spring, nature, and environmental conservation in preparation for Earth Day (April 22). Use colorful, nonfiction books to help explain the importance of keeping our earth happy and healthy.

If group activities are possible, plant a seed with the class to reinforce your lessons about plant growth. Alternatively, ask students to discuss the little things they can do to help protect the Earth, such as recycling common items used at home.

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