Friday, March 11, 2016

Springing Into Learning Blog Hop!

 I'm hooking up with Elementary Antics for this fabulous blog hop.  Grab some great ideas and goodies along the way!

The official start date to spring, March 20th is almost here! The weather is much warmer and the threat of snow is behind us (I hope!)  Don’t forget to ‘spring ahead’ and turn your clocks ahead this weekend!  
Below are some great ideas, a freebie, and a fabulous free virtual field trip!

Since Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was this month, I thought I’d share another activity we did.  If you didn’t get a chance to grab my Thing1 & Thing 2 activity, feel free to grab it as well.

This craftivity goes with Oh! The Places You’ll Go, which is one of my favorite books from Dr. Seuss.  

You can get this craftivity  here ! 
Your feedback is always appreciated!

I love this book because it takes on a deeper meaning no matter how old you are.  It also  looks great on a bulletin board!
After reading the book, the kids wrote about the people they would want to meet (or would have wanted to meet), places they would want to go, accomplishments they hope to achieve, and what they want to be when they grew up. They also had to justify their choices.

I was impressed with their choices of people that they’d want to meet as it ranged from Malala Yousafzai to Justin Bieber. The places they wanted to visit ranged from Italy to see their family to Disney World.  It was an eye opening activity. 

We decided to decorate the balloons with strips of tissue paper and the kids glued it down with a mixture of glue and water.  When it dried, they cut it out.  I also copied the balloon on card stock which made it more durable.  We stapled their book to a piece of brown construction paper for the basket and attached it with pipe cleaners and tape. 

Feel free to have the kids decorate their own balloons with crayons/markers or if you have another idea for decorating it, I’d love to hear it.

Here’s one way we did it but there is a NO prep version as well for those of you who prefer 'less mess' =)

Another way you can do it is use paint for the balloons and back them on construction paper and add a few clouds.

Here’s are the finished projects!

No Prep Version               Tissue paper        


Next, if you're a Dr. Suess fan, you'll want to grab this free activity packet from Energy Star- it would be a great packet for Earth Day. It's aimed for k-2. You can sign up for your free workbooks here!

Mine just arrived- so excited!

With spring around the corner, my Word Families create a word center would make a great spring center - just print and go! 

This activity is differentiated for the different levels of learners for many possible word choices.  
You can grab it on sale here or enter to win one for FREE!  

Enter to win one FREE!
CONGRATS TO MARY L. for winning!

My last spring idea is this virtual field trip to an egg farm.  It's great when you can't get to a real farm and it''s live on March 14th.  The kids enjoy it and your class is able to submit questions ahead of time.  
It's free, but you do need to register. You can register at the link above!


  1. What a cute idea! I love the incorporation of art and writing.

    Heidi Raki

  2. Thanks Heidi! Hope your students enjoy it.

  3. I love to write Spring poetry with my students. I also love Spring in that we can get outside more to exercise and play.

    1. Spring is definitely a great time of year for getting out and it's perfect for inspiring some great poetry! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I like to teach poetry and incorporate craftivities. :)

    1. Mary, congrats on winning the giveaway and stopping by! I'm also a huge craftivity fan as well!