by Diana Lai
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Read literature based
on Spring, planting,
baby animals, and new
Butterfly Summer by
Susan Hood and Claudine
Gvry; Clifford's Spring
Clean-Up by Norman
Bridwell; Ten Seeds by
Ruth Brown;The Tiny
Seed by Eric Carle; The
Magic School Bus Plants
Seeds by Joanna Cole, et
al.; My Big Green Teacher
by Michelle Y. Glennon;
Don't Throw That Away!
by Lara Bergen and Betsy
After reading, re-teaching, and practicing,
children must retell the life cycle of a
butterfly. Use this as a form of assessment.
Children can write about the different weather
changes. Using their drawings, they could write
a sentence describing their weather observation.
Children can write about their favorite season.
There can be Author Spotlight and children
can showcase their work in the "Author's
Writing Prompt: "What kind of a job does
a farmer have?" or "How would you help
After the recycling graphing activity, students need to interpret the
graph and write about one aspect of their recycling project. For
example, they can write about what kind of "trash" they found the
most. Which category had the most recycled trash and guess why.
In another project on recycling where students have collected as many
objects that can be recycled, the whole class will participate in a
graphing activity. They will be handed sticky notes. They need to write
down the name of their object. After that, they need to place it under
the appropriate category and interpret the graph.
During a project on and reusing objects to make them into
something else, students could sort out the different kinds
of objects they could re-use. After they sort each object,
they need to count out how many are in each group. After
they create their re-usable object, they need to count how
many re-used objects they have included.
Cultures that celebrate the
spring time: Chinese Spring
Festival, Easter, Scotland's
Whuppity Scoorie, Russia's
Maslenitsa. Children can
compare different holidays
with each one and develop
their own Spring holiday as
How farmers tend to
the earth because it is
their job. Leads into
agriculture and its
Talk about the
people can help
the earth by
and reducing. Go
on a recyling field
trip around the
Planting flower and vegetable
seeds in a clear baggie or plastic
cup. Using the Scientific Method,
students will mainly hypothesize,
experiment, observe, record, refine
idea, and reach conclusion.
Studying the different parts of a
seed and plant. Learning the stages
of seed/plant life.
The stages of a butterfly.
Changes of weather; revisit the four seasons. Teach
about different kinds of weather (windy, sunny, rainy,
cloudy, etc). Children can make daily observations for 2
weeks and describe the changes by recording them down.
Butterflies (made out of
tissue paper and clothespins).
Creating flowers and plants using scrap paper,
pipe cleaners, glitter, and natural artifacts
such as sticks, leaves, flower petals, dirt, and
I have an activity where children can move
their whole bodies while expressing their
vocabulary knowledge of descriptive words.
When I call out: Boys and Girls, show me a tall
tree! Children can stretch their hands and
stand on tip-toe while imitating a very tall
tree. Plus, their fingers would act like the
sharp branches. When I ask for a short tree,
they could squat to the ground and hug their