#CelebratewithDE – First Day of Spring

Bring spring to life with your students this year. Spring begins on March 20, 2017 and we’re celebrating the season with the arts – drawing and singing. Within each grade band, we’ve selected a focus, resources, and activities to get your students excited and knowledgeable about spring!


Grades K-2

For this grade band, lead a discussion about what signs show students that spring is here (e.g., flowers blooming, birds chirping, grass turning green, etc.) Look at the clip art below and encourage students to draw their own clip art representation of spring’s arrival. Then, have students color their own drawings or trade with another student for coloring. For English language learners, encourage them to add labels to the clip art or student drawings.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptSpring Flowers
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Grades K-2, Clip Art

 
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptSpring Chick
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Grades K-2, Clip Art

 
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptGirl and Flower
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Grades K-2, Clip Art

 


Grades 3-5

For this grade band, bring spring to life by studying at bird song and behavior during the season. With this combination of video and audio, have students prepare their senses to be in tune with the arrival of spring. Plant a seasonal ear worm with the science song, below.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptThrough the Seasons with Birds: Spring
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Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Spring means the return of migrating birds, the building of nests, and the starting of families. Viewers are able to see a wide variety of birds in this program, and learn how they lay their eggs, claim their territories, and sing their songs.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptSpring is a Busy Time for Birds: Migration and Nesting
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Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Spring weather spurs migration and nesting. Geese, robins, and great horned owls are among the first to return home and begin nesting.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptBirds Fill the Springtime Air with Songs
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Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Spring is a season where birds sing songs to peacefully claim mates and territories.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptScience with a Song (Singing Science): Four Seasons
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Grades K-2, 3-5, Song

Outlines the four seasons, and differentiates winter, spring, summer, and autumn (“that’s fall.”)


Grades 6-12

For these grade bands, give students an auditory challenge that will engage them on their travels to and from school: identifying bird calls. Use the sound effects in DE (sampled below) to have students study the calls of a variety of birds and see if they can hear them in nature. Have them develop and then play a game show style quiz.
 
Detail_of_Bede_Manuscript Bird: Blackbird: Blackbird Chirping
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Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Sound Effect

 
 
Detail_of_Bede_Manuscript Bird: Sparrow: Tree Sparrow: Singing
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Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Sound Effect

 
 
Detail_of_Bede_Manuscript Bird: Crow: Black Crow: Fly By With Two Calls
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Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Sound Effect

 
 


Spotlight on Strategies: Paper Slide
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Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy requires students to retell a story or concept by focusing on key points and supporting details or evidence. Adapt this strategy to guide students as they provide a tour through their spring drawings in grades K-2, illustrate a video for the “Four Seasons” song in grades 3-5, and create a tiny documentary about learning bird calls in grades 6-12.

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