Spring has sprung ya’ll and it is lovely!!! I’m already planning spring activities to take learning outside the classroom! I’m excited about the weather, I’m excited about seeing the trees and flowers come back to life, I’m VERY EXCITED about upcoming spring break, and I’m excited to get closer to finishing up the school year!!!
To help celebrate spring in my class, I am trying to incorporate spring themes with blended learning. I want to use every opportunity I can to “Spring Outside the Classroom!”
A small group of students make kites under my supervision then they can teach other students in small groups. The hardest part of the whole project is the angle to fold the paper… seriously!
They love flying their kites and just had to take them home that day! I always have parents telling me how many kites were made at home that evening! 🙂
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2. Plant something and watch it grow! Students love getting outside and getting their hands dirty… well some of them do. Or you can plant using containers. Either way, they are going to love learning outside the classroom with this activity. Incorporate reading skills with a project based unit that will provide information about plants, and give them an opportunity to write about their experiences.
3. Plan a hike. If there is anywhere nearby to take your students on a short hike, I highly encourage it. There is no better way to take learning outside the classroom. You can have them plan a more detailed hike than they will actually be going on with this project based unit. Students will plan their survival kit with simple everyday materials that the teacher or parents will provide. Links to websites that can help students pick a location, find survival items, and plan the trip are provided.
4. Take your task cards outside! They are easy to grab and go and can be used in a variety of ways. Digital task cards are self-correcting and so easy to work on outside. Just grab a blanket and get outside for a 30 minute review!
5. Take your students out for a shape hunt! No matter their age, they will enjoy this when they study geometry! I will be having my students take their iPads out to take pictures and then create an eBook to share with the younger students in our school.
6. Some of my students are still struggling with multiplication. I may have to try some of these fun activities!
I hope that you can take the opportunity this spring to get your students outside the classroom and make learning fun!