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1-2-3 Come Do Some Spring Things With Me

Spring has officially sprung, and even though we've still got it in the 40s here in Michigan, I'm full gear into springtime fun. 

Today's blog features 3 of my favorite spring activities, which when completed, make adorable springy bulletin boards or hallway displays, sure to put a smile on your face. 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsFirst up is a sweet little bunny glyph.  They really do turn out absolutely "awwww-dorable".   

No matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs
They are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't listen & follow directions.

Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsBe sure and make your own sample. I think children really enjoy learning about their teacher too.

The packet also includes 4, sweet photo-posters of real bunnies, as well as a links page for a few bunny songs & the story of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsI also designed an Easter egg glyph as well.  I've included 2 egg glyphs in the packet.  One is pretty easy, the other a bit more complicated.

Choose which one is best suited for your students.
The glyphs are also easily adapted by simply tweaking the directions to fit your needs.

Because each one is different they make a super-interesting bulletin board. Every year we get tons of compliments! 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsMost passers-by are unaware that these are glyphs, so I made a springy "Glyphs" poster for each packet, to use for the center of your display. 

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsSince my Venn Friends have been super-popular, I wanted to design one for spring as well.  This one features  rabbits.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison - contrast writing, and an interesting way for students to get to know each other better.

My kiddos absolutely love making them, so we do a seasonal one each month; they’ve come to really look forward to picking a new partner to learn more about.  

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsTo help students do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.

For added fun, and to practice another standard that mixes math with literacy, I’ve also included a graphing extension. 

Finally, today's FREEBIE also features bunnies.   This bunny craftivity, is a quick, easy and super-fun center, assessment, or game, with  4 sizes of bunny patterns to accommodate the various sizes and kinds of craft sticks.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsProgram the "ears" with whatever you'd like to reinforce, then keep each set in a Ziploc Baggie.

The beauty of this bunny pattern, is that you only have to make a few bunnies, yet you're able to use them to practice a variety of Common Core Standards, or whatever else you can think up.

bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsHere are some ideas:
* uppercase-lowercase letters
* number-number word
* number-group/set
* contraction-words that make up the contraction
* synonyms-antonyms
* rhyming words
* homonyms
* opposites
* equation-answer
* color-color words
* shape-shape words
* 2 words-compound word
* singular-plural

 bunny glyph, spring glyphs, glyphs, egg glyph, Easter crafts, easter activities, spring bulletin board ideas, venn diagram activities, bunny crafts, common core activities for spring, spring games, venn friendsWell that's it for today, I hope spring has sprung in your classroom. 

Wishing you a joyous holiday break whenever that happens.

The earth teaches me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. The earth teaches me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.  The earth teaches me courage as the tree which stands all alone. The earth teaches me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. -William Alexander

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