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I'm Ready for March! Are you?

Somehow it got to be March already! How did that happen? 

I'm ready for March, are you? Ideas, resources and a freebie to get you going for the month of March in the primary classroom.

March includes plenty of activity, including Read Across America Day, St. Patrick's Day, the return of Daylight Saving Time, maple syrup season, and the first day of spring!

It just so happens I have a freebie to help you out with Read Across America! Check out Social Studies and Science for March Sampler.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-and-Social-Studies-Activities-for-March-Sampler-5264921?utm_source=blog%20post%20march&utm_campaign=S%20and%20SS%20March%20Sampler

Looking for more ideas for March?

Here are a few links for you!


I'm ready for March, are you? Ideas, resources and a freebie to get you going for the month of March in the primary classroom.
Celebrate the King of Nonsense: Links for celebrating Dr. Seuss!

 
Spring Resources: Videos, books, and resources for teaching about spring

How are you celebrating the month of March in the classroom?



I'm ready for March, are you? Ideas, resources and a freebie to get you going for the month of March in the primary classroom.


Signs of Spring Resources

It has been one long cold winter here in New Hampshire. 
From what I understand, it's been a long cold winter all over the US!
 
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!
 
Spring in New England doesn't really show up until mid April, but as I was driving to my hair appointment this morning, and I saw a couple of signs of Spring!

I saw buckets on maple trees!
 
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!
I know Vermont is the big state for maple syrup, but we do it here in New Hampshire, too! The maple syrup tapping is actually late this year, because the weather's been so cold. They need cold nights and warm days for the sap to flow. We've had plenty of cold nights, but today, we had a warm day. The temp actually went up to 50! I actually took my coat off in the car, and didn't even button it when I was outside! It was fabulous!

Here's the other sign of spring I saw... a little something green:
Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!

Yep, McDonald's Shamrock Shakes are definitely a sign that spring is coming!

I have a few things about spring up my sleeve. I always make sure I have plenty of books about the subject.  Here are a few of my favorites:


      

            
  I always make sure I read a few to the kids, but I also make sure I've got them in the book tubs so the kiddos will explore them.

I think videos are great to help the children understand concepts, especially things like how seasons work.  Here are a couple I've found!
 
What Causes Earth's Seasons: (10:48 min)

How Seasons Work (58 seconds)
 

How Equinox's Work: Beyond Our Earth (2:24 minutes)

Try them all and see which one you like best!

As most teachers know, squeezing in science and social studies topics are tough, since most of our time is dedicated to reading, writing,and math! In my attempt to keep some of the fun stuff in the classroom, I've included signs of spring in with important literacy and math concepts in this set of No Prep Printables: Signs of Spring Printables: Literacy and Math. I've got some math story problems, popular fact games, word work, writing, and comprehension work, all somehow connected to Signs of Spring. 

Check out Signs of Spring No Prep Literacy and Math Worksheets and Printables.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Signs-of-Spring-Literacy-and-Math-Worksheets-and-Activities-1154618?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Signs%20of%20Spring%20Printables

Here are some other games and activities with a spring theme:

Some of my students are struggling to remember the +9 and -9 Facts, so I made this game to make practicing fun: Adding and Subtracting Nines: Spring Flower Theme 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adding-and-Subtracting-Nines-with-Spring-Flower-Theme-1141336?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Spring%20Nines

My kids are working on using mental math for adding and subtracting. This game board has a set of cards for addition mental math, and a set of cards for subtraction mental math. Plus, it's got built in brain breaks! It's a favorite in my classroom: Mental Math Addition and Subtraction: Spring Board Game.



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mental-Math-Addition-and-Subtraction-Game-Spring-Theme-221515?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Mental%20Math%20Spring


Finally, this is a collection of 6 different games that are related to spring. It has word work, grammar, and plenty of math games, all made for second graders, but are also appropriate for high firsts or review for third graders. Click the image to take a closer look at Literacy and Math Games Spring Bundle.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Games-7-Literacy-and-Math-Games-Bundle-607860?utm_source=Spring%20Resources%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Spring%20Games%20Bundle

Happy Spring!


Signs of Spring Resources - Are you and your students ready for spring? Here are several ideas and resources to make sure that fun learning is happening!


Maple Weekend

It's the end of winter here in New England, and we're enjoying a New England tradition:  Maple sugaring!

Maple Weekend: Facts, videos, and books to help children learn about how Maple Syrup is made!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've seen many a maple tree with buckets attached!  Yep, when the days get warm but the nights are still cold, that's the right conditions for getting that sap flowing! They collect that sap and boil away!

  • Did you know it takes 40 - 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup?

I love to use children's literature to teach science and social studies concepts.  
This topic includes both, a little history of the New England area, plus the science of trees and sap, as well as states of matter and evaporation!

Want to learn more about how maple syrup is made?  Here are a couple of informational books for kids about the process.  
      

Here are a few realistic fiction books that share the experience of maple sugaring:

          

  

It's truly a fascinating process!  There are several "Sugar Houses" in my area, and a true hint that winter is nearing an end.  The State of New Hampshire officially declared this "Maple Weekend" and many Sugar Houses are opened to the public this weekend!

Here's a little video I found on Youtube that demonstrates the process.


Doesn't it make you wonder how people figured out that draining trees of sap and boiling it like crazy would make a yummy liquid?  Did they try oak trees and pine trees?  How did they know to drill a hole in the tree and put a bucket underneath?  

Here's one fiction book that suggests how it might have happened, back in the days when Native Americans lived peacefully with the earth in the New England area:


Don't you just love books that put you in a totally different time and place? Historical fiction is one of my very favorite genres, how about you?

Maple Weekend: Facts, videos, and books to help children learn about how Maple Syrup is made!

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