Each year, when spring arrives, everyone, kids and teachers, are tired of the long winter, and it seems like time to perk up life inside the classroom with new activities. Spring reading and writing activities, a spring snack, or a fun spring break – anything new and seasonal fits the bill here.
In this post, I’ve collected some links with that thought in mind. Some of them, such as the spring snacks post, would work anywhere, either at home or school. Others, such as the Spring Mix FREEBIE, are designed for Language Arts classes. All have good ideas for middle school and upper elementary kids.
SPRING WORD LISTS
On my blog, I’ve posted word lists for many occasions. Here are links to some spring ones.
My Spring Word List
A word list is a great addition to any themed unit – here’s my list of spring vocabulary words.
Earth Day Word List
Here’s a vocabulary list for Earth Day. Included in this post are ideas for Earth Day activities using the words on the list.
Memorial Day Word List
And here’s a nice long word list for Memorial Day.
SPRING LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES
The seasonal teaching resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store include these spring ones:
Spring Task Cards
Probably my favorite is this set of spring reading task cards. It’s available in both a printable version and a digital one.
Four Seasons Revise and Edit
Kids practice revising, editing, and proofreading with this seasonal themed set of activity sheets.
Seasons Task Card Bundle
Thinking ahead to summer, autumn, and winter too? Here’s a bundle of all four seasonal task card sets.
Informational Text – Celebrations
Here are some non-fiction readings or informational texts for a variety of holidays celebrated in the classroom including Earth Day and Memorial Day. Each one is ready to use with the included response sheets.
SPRING LANGUAGE ARTS IDEAS
Here are a couple of blog posts with more ideas for these seasonal celebrations in a Language Arts classroom.
Little Celebrations Blog Post
Ideas for patriotic holidays, Earth Day, and other seasonal occasions in this blog post: Little Celebrations.
Memorial Day Poetry Template
Free templates for two Memorial Day poems are ready to download in this post: Memorial Day Poetry Templates.
Here’s a collection of fun spring crafts for kids of all ages that I found on the blog What Moms Love.
The post, titled “The Epic Collection of Spring Crafts for Kids,” provides links to lots of paper crafts in bright spring colors, as well as crafts made from other simple materials.
And now to every kids favorite – snacks! This link is from the blog Tinybeans.
“Ten Spring Snacks to Make with the Kids” suggests easy to make snacks that include a mix of healthy and sweet ingredients and provides links to the recipe for each one.
OUTDOOR SPRING ACTIVITIES
Are you ready to take the kids outside, but need some activities to do with them out there? Check out these two posts with lots of fresh air, nature based fun ideas.
Gardens and Bugs
Spring Garden Activities for Kids from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange includes not just planting ideas but more fun with nature such as a Butterfly Watering Station, Wildflower Seed Bombs and Pressed Flowers.
As it name says, Fourteen Outdoor Games and Activities for Kids from The Printable Princess, includes ideas for outdoor games; a few of them are Fire on the Roof, Detective, and Builders and Bulldozers. The games use simple or no materials and will be fun for a wide age range.
FREE SPRING LANGUAGE ARTS ACTIVITY SHEETS
This little freebie is from my store. It includes three activity sheets that focus on reading and vocabulary skills. They would work great for a spring classroom activity in either a language arts or a reading classroom.
Free Activity Sheets
Each of the free activity sheets in Spring Mix includes a reading comprehension practice and a couple of word puzzles. Here you can see one of the activties: Track and Field.