Spring is a time of growth and new beginnings. This is an exciting time in the primary classroom! Students have been working hard learning skills all year, and now those skills are all coming together as they complete March activities. However, spring can also be a time when students are getting restless! So, it can be difficult to keep them engaged. ETTC has plenty of spring-themed activities to keep students learning, engaged, and moving!
March brings rainbows, insects, plants, weather, and outdoor activities to the forefront of student interests. Why not create your lessons to match? Now before you go running to a teacher resource website and start filling your cart with bundle after bundle, consider taking a look at Education to the Core Premium. We have all of your March activities, Spring ideas, and resources for the entire year ready to roll into your lesson plans. Click the button to start browsing all of our spring printables and more!
March Activity 1. Color by Sight Word
Practicing and reviewing sight words builds reading fluency. When students are able to quickly and automatically recognize sight words, it allows them to focus their reading efforts on decoding and understanding the text. A Rainbow Color by Sight Word is great for morning work, early finishers, or a center activity. Coloring activities support students’ fine motor growth and help with hand-eye coordination. Students will love coloring the adorable spring clip art in this color-by-sight word March activity.
March Activity 2. Labeling
Labeling pictures introduces students to the idea that letters and words can bring meaning to, and represent objects and ideas. Labels can build confidence among early readers and help them make connections as they read and observe the world around them. A Label the Spring Picture activity is a great way to incorporate labeling into lessons about the season of spring.
3. Spring Measurement
A Spring Measuring Activity using standard measurement is a great introduction to measurement. Complete this activity together with the class and then give each student their own ruler to start measuring various items. Get students up and moving around the room with some measuring activities! Consider taking a spring walk outside and finding things in nature that students can measure.
March Activity 4. Roll and Add Game
There are many benefits to incorporating dice activities into your lessons. Spring Roll and Add encourages students to add and build fine motor skills. When played with a partner, it supports collaboration and teamwork. Dice activities also introduce students to the concept of chance and probability. Use this dice activity in a center or as an option for early finishers.
5. Spring Story Writing
Rainy days are perfect for writing! A Rainy Day Story Writing activity can be the starting point for a more detailed story. Encourage students to use this activity to create a more in-depth story of their own. Or, use the activity in a smaller group and discuss how a writer can add details. This March story writing activity also builds story sequencing skills.
6. Reading Fluency Activities
A Roll and Read Fluency Game works well in a small group. With guidance and support, students can work through each sentence building their reading fluency. In a small group, you can also encourage turn-taking and listening skills as students roll the dice and read in this March activity.
March Activity 7. Animal Life Cycles
As the season changes to spring, it’s the perfect time to incorporate life cycle science lessons. Teaching students about life cycles allows them to better understand nature and the world around them. The Butterfly Life Cycle provides students with a visual reference of this life cycle. As students cut, sequence, and color the pictures, they learn the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle in this March activity.
8. Spring Creative Writing
Creative writing allows students to express themselves and communicate with others. A Living in the Clouds Writing prompt encourages students to use their imagination and builds their confidence as a writer.
9. Skip Counting to 100
Skip counting helps create a strong foundation in math and builds students’ number sense fluency. Incorporating activities that include skip counting in your weekly lessons, will help with future multiplication and division skills. Flower Counting to 100 is a fun way to incorporate this math skill in the spring!
March Activity 10. Graphing
Graphs are excellent visual tools that represent information quickly. This math tool allows learners to see relationships within data. The Spring Graph includes adorable spring clipart images, which are great conversation starters about the new season. Use the spring graph activity as a way to lead into your spring science lessons!
Students build math skills as they think about and analyze mathematical equations. A Balancing Equations Activity encourages critical thinking and reasoning skills as learners match each equation on the rainbows.
March Activity 12. Silent E
Incorporating many silent e activities into your lesson plans can help build students’ reading fluency and phonics skills. The Spring Silent E Words activity incorporates visuals with each word, which can help students as they are learning this phonics rule. ETTC Premium Membership has several other no-prep silent e activities that can be used for reinforcement and extra practice.
March Activity 13. Letter Sounds
Identifying the ending sounds of words helps build students’ phonological awareness. Incorporating activities that help strengthen awareness and understanding of ending sounds will build reading fluency and comprehension. The spring-themed Color by Ending Sound activity is great to use in a small group or for an assessment.
14. Number Bonds
Number bonds are an important foundation for more complex math skills. Understanding number bonds helps students realize that numbers can be broken into “different sets”. This helps students recognize the relationship between numbers. Clover Number Bonds is the perfect March activity to add to your lessons to help students understand and practice this math skill.
March Activity 15. Telling Time
Learning to tell time is an important skill for young learners. However, this can be a tricky skill for many students. The Buggy for Telling Time activity is great for extra practice and encourages higher-level thinking skills. Students draw the hands in the correct placement on each clock in order to represent the designated time. This can be helpful to work on in a small group to assist students with this skill.
March Activity 16. Picture Sort
As your students begin to learn about the season of spring, they will understand what various objects are associated with this season. Completing a Spring Picture Sort builds students’ reasoning and problem-solving skills as they think about the differences and similarities of each picture. This March activity also builds students’ fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception.
17. Spin and Draw
Keep your learners engaged with a spring game! Students love to draw each picture for this Spring Spin and Draw. This is a great time to extend upon spring vocabulary as you discuss each picture while students are drawing it. Encourage learners to do their best and provide a model or example of the drawing if needed. This spring activity works well in a whole group if students need extra support, but can also be added to a center!
18. Chicken Life Cycle
Remember when I mentioned the butterfly life cycle in #7. Well, in my class we get the awesome opportunity to hatch chicks. So while we wait for our little fluffy friends to start pipping out of their eggs, we talk all about their life cycle. This Chicken Life Cycle Mini Book/Comprehension Questions activity encourages students to ask questions while they are reading. It builds their comprehension and questioning skills. Follow up the reading by using the included graphic organizer to organize student questions.
March Activity 19. Vowel Teams
Vowel teams are found in a lot of words, so it is important to incorporate this phonics skill into many lessons for continued practice. A Spring Vowel Teams activity is perfect for this time of year and can be used for reinforcement or review of the vowel teams that students are learning.
March Activity 20. Patterns
Patterns are an important concept because they help students learn to make predictions. Students make logical connections and begin to understand what comes next as they complete the Make a Spring Pattern activity. This spring-themed March activity is another great opportunity to discuss spring vocabulary as students use the thematic clip art to complete each pattern.
These March activities for primary students are the perfect solution to use for teaching new concepts, continued practice, review, assessment, or homework. Use them in a way that works best for you and your students.
Check out the complete assortment of March activities included in each grade-level packet.
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Written By: Sarah Cason
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