By Teachers, For Teachers
It’s been a long, cold winter, and everyone is ready for a little sunshine. Spring has finally arrived, and one of the best ways to celebrate its arrival is with a few fun classroom activities. Besides celebrating this long-awaited season, don’t forget about Passover and Easter, two very important (religious) holidays. With Passover being one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays of the year, as well as Easter being celebrated across the globe, this collection of classroom activities is a surefire way to commemorate this time of year.
There is nothing better than blooming flowers and chirping birds. Here are a few classroom activities to celebrate the arrival of spring.
A fun way to use your spelling words is to create a fun, colorful spring flower. Here’s what you need to know in order to make it.
Materials: Styrofoam ball (can be purchased at a dollar store), white cardstock paper, marker, spring spelling word list, yellow paint, green paint, paint brush, plastic craft stick, glue.
Passover usually takes place in the month of April. It celebrates when the Israelites were freed from bondage in Egypt with the leadership of Moses. To commemorate the holiday, try these classroom activities.
The Haggadah is a book that has many stories, songs, and literature about how the Jewish people were freed from being slaves in Egypt. Jewish people use it as a guide to Seder festivities. Discuss with students that Jewish people start Passover by reading the Haggadah, then answering the four questions that are in the book.
During Passover, the food in which you eat is very important. The Passover seder plate is a special plate that contains symbolic foods. Even the way the food is placed on the plate tells story about exodus from Egypt. Discuss with your students what each food on the Seder plate represents. Then, give students a seder plate with all of the foods listed below on paper to color and cut out. Next, have them place their foods on a paper plate in the proper order. Start with the first food placed at the top left, and then go clockwise around the plate.
Each year students all over the world celebrate Easter by participating in activities that involve, eggs, the Easter bunny, ducks, chicks, and jelly beans. Here are a few fun activities to try in your classroom.
Depending upon where you live in the world, everybody has their own family traditions that they partake in at Eastertime. For this activity, students will learn about how different cultures celebrate this holiday. To get started you’ll need a variety of plastic eggs, and enough strips of paper to fill each egg. On each strip of paper, write one Easter tradition from another country.
Next, fold the strips of paper and place one strip inside each plastic egg then place the eggs in a basket. Have students take turns choosing an egg and reading the Easter tradition to their classmates. Then, have students take turns talking about their Easter traditions. Finally, have students fill out a Venn diagram comparing their Easter tradition with the country they selected.
Learning centers are a great way to keep students engaged while learning about a specific skill. Here are a few Easter-themed learning centers to get your students “Egg-cited” about the Easter holiday.
What are your favorite classroom activities to celebrate the arrival of spring, Passover, and Easter? Please share with us in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.