April teaching resources for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Early elementary

It’s spring!!! April is the first month that it feels totally like spring. We all know that spring fever tends to kick in something in April, and it becomes a little trickier to keep those kiddos engaged throughout the month. Here in CT we always have spring break in April, so I am  not sure if that plays a part, but I’m always reaching for engaging activities this time of year.

One of my favorite ways to keep them engaged is to keep the practice relevant to them… which means one of my favorite things… thematic resources.

Here are 10 of my favorite teaching resources:

I am all about activities students can use together, with a partner, and by this time of the year, you might be reaching for some easy differentiation! These earth day spinners are perfect for practicing fact fluency in a number of ways! You can have students practice addition, multiplication, or fact families of either. Different spinners also allow for differentiation.

It’s a great time of year for hands on sequencing and how to writing. This how to Dye Eggs is perfect for Easter time, and makes for a great precursor to actually dying eggs if you’re feeling brave! I also have a ton of other how to activities that are perfect to use all year long!

When spring comes, it’s a great time to be practicing spiraled review of math skills your students have been working on all year long. This April Math Journal is a part of my series of year long journals. It’s written to meet first grade standards, but could be used with kindergarten or second graders as well! This year I’ve also added a Google Slides version for students to access digitally in case you’re distance learning.

Anyone else a fan of print, laminate, and go literacy centers? This set of literacy centers lasts for weeks if you go through the differentiated versions and offer a few exposures to each activity. It includes sight word spinner practice, part of speech sorting, card/ letter writing, and a word scramble center.

The more I’ve been studying the Science of Reading (SOR) I have been really focused on providing different phonological awareness activities available for early learners.The Spring Count the Syllables and Spring Rhyming Digital activities(this one is also offered with Google Slides version) are two resources that your students might love for digital practice.  I love that these are interactive and with voice recorded words and directions students can have access to this sort of practice without you standing right with them!

Printable and digital…. color by code are a student favorite and are great for practicing fluency! I’ve worked on Spring Digital Color by code resources using BOOM cards, and also have Spring  Addition to 10, Addition to 20, Color By Number, and Spring Color by Coin.

Spring time is a perfect time to review comprehension skills (I’ve written more about that here), and this Fairy Tale Bundle gives you the opportunity to read some of your favorite fairy tales and build retelling, summarizing, character study, and more!

If you’re looking for a printable emergent reader, this leveled one about how to plant a tree is great for Earth Day or any time in spring. It comes ready with vocabulary cards to preview words before reading, as well as 2 levels of text and comprehension activities. These are great because you can print, students can color, and then read again and again (and even bring home to practice some more!)

It’s hard to ignore all the things that come to life in spring. It’s the perfect time to learn about all sorts of life cycles, from mammals like cows or rabbits- to birds like geese  and robins- to insects and amphibians- like fireflies, butterflies and even frogs. These are all formatted similarly with sequencing and life cycle activities as well as writing pages and vocabulary.

This DIY student created bingo board is perfect for a day of fun, substitute/ guest teacher, or those 10 minutes at the end of the school day. On these cards students color, cut and glue their own pieces to create their own bingo card. Then practice listening comprehension as they build spring themed vocabulary to play along!

I hope these ideas help you to fill in that plan book this month! If you’re a fan of freebies (I mean.. who isn’t!) be sure to check out my related blog post about Free April Teaching Resources!