Fun Activities for March
March (and spring!) are right around the corner here in the Northwest. Let me tell you, it can't come soon enough! We have had a rough winter with more snow than I can ever remember having, and more snow predicted for later this week!
I am not going to think about snow, and I am instead going to focus on all of the fun activities for classrooms in March. Of course, a big part of March is Saint Patrick's Day. A holiday full of leprechauns, rainbows, and gold allows for many fun projects.
One of the most popular activities is creating leprechaun traps. Kids use a variety of materials provided by the teacher to build a trap to catch those crafty leprechauns. This is great for STEAM learning because the kids design, build, and revise their traps. Plus, the kids love being creative and thinking about all of the leprechauns they are going to catch.
There are several products on Teachers pay Teachers that will help you plan and implement a trap activity. Of course you don't need to purchase anything to make this activity happen in your classroom, but sometimes it is worth a little investment to have everything planned for you. Here is one option that is FREE on Teachers pay Teachers:
And here is an option that costs $2.50:
Neither of these products are created by me, but they look super cute.
Have you ever noticed that clover leaves are heart shaped? This would be a great time to reuse any heart stencils left over from Valentine's Day. You could cut the shapes out of paper, felt, or fabric and let students create their own field of clovers. It might be fun to put the titles of different books on each clover for a class display. You could even put multiplication or division facts on the leaves of three leaf clovers and have kids arrange the leaves to make the facts true.
Staying on the topic of clovers, this is the perfect chance to try some origami in your classroom. Again, there are plenty of tutorials on the web, but here is one that looked straightforward. Just click on the picture below.
Of course, we also have rainbows. You can make a rainbow craft out of almost anything. Some of my favorites are stringing fruit loops to make rainbow bracelets or necklaces, using tissue paper or strips of construction paper to make a 3D rainbow, and tying yarn or ribbon to make a hanging rainbow. You could even fold the origami clovers in rainbow clovers and make a clover rainbow.
There are tons of ideas on Pinterest, of course, for activities that involve rainbows. All you have to do is search "rainbow crafts" and you will have enough ideas to do a different rainbow activity every day of the year!
Rainbows are so fun because everyone loves them! Kids will have fun, and your room will be full of beautiful decorations for the month.
It is also a great time to teach students about how a rainbow is formed. I found this great looking unit on Teachers pay Teachers. It is listed as kindergarten and first grade, but it looks like it could be easily modified for second or third as well. Again, I didn't create this product, but it looks cool.
Saint Patrick's Day isn't the only big event during March. The basketball nuts in your classroom will be very excited about March Madness. This is a great opportunity to show your students that math is real life. Your class can keep track of teams that win and lose, points of each game or specific players, you can make predictions about which team will win by looking at the statistics of each team, there are literally endless possibilities. If you are looking for a project that is already planned out, here is one on Teachers pay Teachers.
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday which comes with events in kindergarten and first grade, but why does it have to stop there? This is a great opportunity to get older students reading aloud. Why not pair up with a buddy class and have each set of buddies read a Dr. Seuss book? It is a perfect activity because March 2nd is also Read Across America Day. There shouldn't be any Dr. Seuss activities on Teachers pay Teachers because of copyright protections, but I am sure there are. You can learn more about Dr. Seuss by visiting the Seussville website. Click on the picture to get there!
On March 4th, the Iditarod begins. This amazing race in Alaska is called, "the last great race," on the Iditarod website. I was really surprised to see that no teacher in my children's school spends time on the Iditarod. I always remember this being a big deal growing up in Seattle. In case you aren't familiar with the race, it is a dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. It was created to celebrate the dog sled teams that once delivered supplies to towns within Alaska. One famous sled team was led by Balto. You can see Balto's story in the animated film, Balto. The best news? It is rated G, so you can show it in the classroom. Actually, the best news is that it is a good movie. Anyway, if you are looking for a unit on the Iditarod here is just one option from Teachers pay Teachers.
March 8th is International Women's Day. This would be a great day to focus on how much women have contributed to the world. One topic to discuss with your class might be the campaign to add a National Women's Museum to the National Mall in Washington D.C. Should the museum be built? How much would it cost? Which women should be featured in the museum? The movie, Hidden Figures, would also be a great conversation starter in your classroom. Unfortunately, it is rated PG, and it is still in theaters now, but maybe just watching the trailer in class would get the conversation started. If you are looking for reading passages on women in history, I have a product on Teachers pay Teachers that you will find helpful.
March 20th is the first day of spring. This is definitely a day to be celebrated! It would be a great day to have a flower craft on the first day of spring. I love the idea of making paper petals and using a button for the center of the flower. This is also a time to use the rainbow theme - rainbow flowers are so fun! There are tons of flower craft ideas on Pinterest!
March 21st is Children's Poetry Day. This is the perfect time to have your students write, publish, and share their poetry. I am sure you have plenty of poetry resources, but here are two more that looked especially interesting on Teachers pay Teachers. I like them because they are activities that can take place over the course of several months. I think poetry is such an important part of a reading education that doesn't always get it's due in classrooms. Here I am talking about my own past classrooms. These products are from Teachers pay Teachers, but were not developed by me.
One fun activity that you can do any month is share the important historical events that happened each day. To help you do this with your students I have created a March calendar with an event or celebration for each day - some of the days were a reach, I'm not going to lie! What I love about this tradition in the classroom is that it brings up so many historical figures and events that students may not ordinarily learn about in a given year. You can get to the Google document with the calendar by clicking on the picture.
Finally, let's talk about the month of March. March was originally the first month of the year. The Romans, the first people we know of to keep written calendars, began their year in March and ended in December. March was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. The reason it was named after the god of war was because March was the month most military campaigns would start after winter. If you are curious about the history of calendars, you can read one of my free reading passages. Just click the picture with the calendar and clock.
One of the most popular sayings about March is, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like lamb." It refers to the winter weather at the beginning of March and the spring weather at the end of March.
March's birthstone is aquamarine, and the flowers of March are the daffodil and violet.
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