#CelebrateWithDE: First Day of Spring

Can you track the seasonal changes by the energy in your classroom? Spring equinox, vernal equinox, first day of spring, whatever you call it, it’s time to say goodbye to winter and say hello to spring. Worms will start appearing, the birds will dial up their song, and we may breathe a sigh of relief for the warmer temperatures and extended daylight. There’s a lot of science behind the wonder of the astronomical first day of spring and we are here for it! Use our resources and activities below to get scientific about this amazing process.

Featured Resource

Content Collection: Seasonal Change
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Discover more about winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

Spring Is a Lovely Transition

We’re focusing on the seasonal transitions that are marked by the equinoxes and other astronomical events. Look for signs of spring in the resources below.

Discovery Science Alliance: Weather
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video [02:55]

Explores the many changes that weather creates on Earth and reveals how weather differs each season of the year.

Science with a Song (Singing Science): Four Seasons
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Song [01:15]

This song outlines the four seasons and differentiates winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

Winter Air versus Summer Air
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [00:45]

During winter, air over land is colder than it is above the ocean. During summer, air over land is warmer than it is about the ocean.


The spring equinox is all about the midline, so we’re suggesting a couple of activities that play on that idea. Use the SOS: Half the Story to get your students thinking about spring with images that celebrate the season: birds, flowers, planting vegetables, etc.. Or use the SOS: Half the Picture to give students a chance to work with more advanced images and diagrams that represent the astronomical event that marks the first day of spring.

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.