Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April Writing Activities and Fun Spring Learning

Is it Spring already?! April writing activities, learning about life cycles, eggs and chicks and butterflies, oh my! I love Spring because students are finally starting to follow all the classroom routines with ease… right before the year’s almost over, of course :) but I also love it because there are a lot of fun spring themed science, writing, and math opportunities in April and May.

Spring writing activities that are easy no prep crafts for fun April and May learning

Life cycles are a fun topic in science in spring. We learn about the life cycle of a butterfly first. I love to integrate science into writing as you can see in the picture above from my Spring Writing Crafts pack. I think kids learn a lot more when they write about their learning.

After learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, an easy activity is the Find and Write: Butterfly Life Cycle activity. Simply put the big picture/word cards around the room (tape them to the wall, etc.) and have kids go on a hunt to find them, match the picture on their recording sheet, and write down the vocabulary word.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly science center that is fun and easy – simply put the picture cards around your classroom and let students find and write their new science vocabulary words

It’s nice because it gets kids moving up out of their seats in a controlled, educational way. You could have the entire class do it at once or have it be a group center during literacy rotations of just 4-6 kids. Kids love having to be detectives and find the words. You can also give them magnifying glasses and clipboards if you want to make it more fun :)

After learning about the butterfly life cycle, kids can show what they’ve learned by writing out the steps of the life cycle with this easy no prep craft. I’ve shown you my other no prep crafts in other posts by month (I’ll put them all at the bottom of this post so you can check them out if you want!) – I love them because kids simply write, color, cut, and glue onto construction paper to make an instant craft that makes a great bulletin board. I was so sick of cutting out this many legs, this many eyes, etc. for crafts so I created these to make it absolutely no prep for the teacher except for printing it out :)
Super cute butterfly writing craft activity that is no prep and perfect for young kids learning about butterflies and their life cycle


Like I said, I love integration across subjects whenever possible so it’s great to mix math in there too! This Butterfly Place Value puzzle is an easy way to get in a ton of numbers practice:

Butterfly place value puzzle where kids grab a card with base 10 blocks and figure out the number it is and color it in to reveal a butterfly! Click this to see a video of it being done… such a fun way to practice number sense!

For this activity, kids grab a card that shows a number in base 10 blocks. They figure out what the number is then color it the color of the card on their hundreds chart. Once they do all the cards, it reveals a picture of a butterfly!! These are a kid favorite and sneak in a ton of number practice!

I actually love to put the cards on a binder ring (simply punch a hole in the top left corner of each card) like I show in this video from my Instagram.

The cards come in both this base 10 blocks version to practice place value AND a full set of cards where it just says the number. Those are much easier, of course, and great for practicing number sense. If you haven’t read my huge post about building number sense and have kids struggling with it, I recommend reading that post to get some ideas – I shared a lot of my secrets :) I also have a post about teaching place value and a lot of other math concepts if you want more math tricks.

Anyway! Next is learning about the life cycle of a frog and another Find and Write activity.

Life Cycle of a Frog science center that is fun and easy – simply put the picture cards around your classroom and let students find and write their new science vocabulary words like tadpole, froglet, etc.

Then, have students practice their first, next, then, last, etc. style of writing with a Frog no prep craft to tell you the life cycle of a frog. These make a super cute April science/writing bulletin board as well!
Frogs writing craft activity that is no prep and perfect for young kids learning about the life cycle of a frog


Another fun thing to learn and write about in spring is insects! I LOVE all of the picture heavy bugs books available for kids – kids just eat them up with the “scary” real life pictures. They’re great for nonfiction reading practice, especially the little readers for small groups.

Insects writing craft that is NO PREP perfect for learning about bugs in science in the springtime! Click for a ton of fun Spring activities and writing prompts!

This is a quick little writing craft to do about insects if you learn about them too!

I also have one specifically for Ants because I know a lot of teachers teach specifically about ants so it’s an easy way for students to recap their learning with this cute little guy!

Ants writing craft that is NO PREP perfect for learning about insects in science in the springtime! Click for a ton of fun Spring activities and writing prompts!

Plants and how they grow is also another spring science concept!

How Plants Grow writing craft that is NO PREP perfect for learning about plants in science in the springtime! It’s also a great opportunity to practice how to writing. Click for a ton of fun Spring activities and writing prompts!

This can be an easy transition into practicing How To writing. Here's another fun one to practice procedural writing:

How to Fly a Kite is a great Spring writing prompt for kids to practice how to writing in a fun way

If you have the time to do a “science experiment” of taking the kids out for an extra recess where you try to fly a kite, it is such a fun way to bring their writing to life. I am awful at actually getting the kite up in the air but maybe you’re more skilled than me ;) After flying the kite, they can write about it in how to writing format to practice procedural writing.

… and it wouldn’t be spring without some bunnies! Here’s a quick little craft to do if you learn about rabbits:

So many fun Spring themed writing prompts and ideas that are wonderful for practicing writing

Speaking of bunnies… I have some fun Easter bunny crafts too if you do Easter activities in your home or classroom. All of the writing no prep crafts you saw above this (not the Find and Writes) are in the Spring Writing Crafts pack.

Now I’m going to show you some fun no prep crafts from my Easter Writing Crafts pack!

A TON of fun Easter writing activities that are no prep crafts and other fun ideas

A really fun way to get their imaginations going is to pretend that THEY are the Easter bunny and tell them to come up with a funny story of what would happen if they were the Easter bunny. Brainstorm some funny mishaps together and then let them write their own.

If I Were the Easter Bunny writing prompt and other fun Easter writing activities - there are a ton of ideas on this post for Spring learning in science, writing, and math!

Another creative writing piece they can do is The Magic Egg… another fun one to brainstorm what the magic egg could be, what could it do, etc. and then let them come up with their own stories.

The Magic Egg is a fun Spring creative writing prompt! Click to check out all these fun April writing activities and ideas on this post!

I love using plastic eggs for so many things in April. You can make centers so much more fun by putting things in eggs :) One fun idea is to get the clear plastic eggs and put dice in them for when they roll dice in centers. It’s just an easy way to incorporate a little fun AND the dice don’t go flying everywhere!

Another how to writing opportunity is How to Hunt for Eggs:

How to Hunt for Eggs is a perfect Easter writing prompt to practice how to writing all in a fun no prep craft - all you do is print and students write, color, cut, and glue for a super easy April bulletin board

To prepare for this craft, you could have an egg hunt in your classroom where you crumple up center cards for a skill and put them inside plastic eggs. Then, have students go around trying to find them and answer the questions like the Find and Write activities I showed before. You could do this with any center activity that has cards and a recording sheet!

I just love Spring! If you read my blog regularly, you also know I have a new behavior chart for every month (as well as other themed ones for fun throughout the year like pirates, circus, under the sea, etc.) so of course I have a Spring one!

Spring behavior chart - I love switching out my clip chart every month to keep it fresh and exciting. Everyone wants to be the Top Frog so it’s a great classroom management strategy :)

I love switching them out every month. If you want to read about my system and see my other behavior charts, it’s in this post: 20 Classroom Management Strategies You Can Start Right Away

Every kiddo will want to be the Top Frog obviously :) But really, kids love trying to get to the top of the chart to get the new certificate (in this case “Top Frog”) to take home to their parents and such!

Another fun Spring holiday is Earth Day! Here are some fun ideas for Earth Day that I like to do:

Fun ideas for Earth Day like this place value puzzle where kids grab a card with base 10 blocks and figure out the number it is and color it in to reveal a fun Spring message! Click this to see a video of it being done… such a fun way to practice number sense!

This Earth Day Puzzle is another place value activity like the butterfly one above :)

Earth Day is a great opportunity to discuss how it’s important to take care of Earth – I also have some Earth Day writing crafts I like to have available in the writing center.

Earth Day writing activities that are NO PREP! Just print and kids simply write, color, cut, and glue to make a super easy Spring bulletin board to show how they take care of our planet

As well as talk about the importance of recycling! There is a ton of paper used in K-2 so I love to emphasize the importance of recycling whenever possible. We also talk about how we recycle water bottle caps to use in math and literacy centers like my CVC Bottle Caps Word Building and other things we can reuse or recycle.

Recycling writing activity that is an easy NO PREP craft! I love these Earth Day writing prompts and ideas for April and May

Anyway! That’s what I have for spring :) I am working on a TON of blog posts right now to show teaching tricks and classroom management strategies that I’m really excited about so make sure you check back! There are a lot of different ways to follow along on the right side (by email, IG, etc.) if you want as well. I’m really excited about them!

In the meantime, here are some other blog posts you might like:
Chatty Class Class Management Strategies
Digraphs Activities and Ideas
Phonics Fluency Notebooks
EW UE UI Activities (the ideas can be used for any phonics skill)
Composing Shapes (go to MATH to see all my math posts)

Here are my posts for the other months:
January Writing Crafts
February Writing Crafts

March Writing Crafts
December Writing Crafts
November Writing Crafts
October Writing Crafts


Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear from you in the comments :)