Signs of Spring
Children will record signs of spring over a one week period, then report observations to the class.
What You Need
- Notebooks, pencils
- Role-playing props such as microphones (optional)
- Crayons, markers
What to Do
- Discuss with children how the world changes when spring arrives. Make a list of the following areas that reflect changes when spring comes: Weather, Animals, Landscape, Clothing, Sports.
- Brainstorm with children signs of spring in these categories. Use the following examples as prompts:
- Weather: warm breezes, longer days, more sunlight, rain instead of snow
- Animals: birds and butterflies travel north, earthworms come out of the ground, frogs sing, horses, dogs, and cats shed their winter coats
- Landscape: flowers bloom, trees and plants bud, seeds sprout, grass turns green, lakes and ponds melt
- Clothing: brighter colors; lighter jackets and other outerwear; T-shirts and shorts
- Sports: children can play sports and games outside, such as soccer, kickball, Frisbee, baseball, and bike riding
- Divide the class into groups based on the categories. Tell children to look for signs of spring and note them with drawings and words over the course of a week. At the end of the week, group members will compare notes and then report to the class on signs of spring in their categories.
- Have each group choose a format and share observations among members so that everyone can participate. They can:
- role-play a TV report, (using a "news desk" with desks or tables)
- role-play a radio report (using a microphone prop)
- create a newspaper report (with pictures and headlines) for classroom display.
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