Extra Spring Challenge: OPTIONAL Reading and Activities K-5


 

Spring Has Sprung!

The Spring season is full of many sights, sounds, and colors. Enjoy spring and learn more about this season by completing one or more of these readings and activities! Choose the topic that interests you. These are not listed by grades this week.

 

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Spring Reading

Animals:  All types of creatures come out and play in the spring!  Caterpillars, butterflies, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, and deer to name a few. Read a story about a fabulous spring creature. The book can be one in your home library or one of these electronic resources: 

 

  1. Bookflix series Animal and Nature 

  2. PebbleGo database Animals in Spring 

  3. PebbleGo Animals in Spring ebook (It may take a few minutes for the book to load. Remember to click the arrow on the right side of the book to open it. Then click the bottom left arrow to hear the book read aloud)

Flowers and Plants: The splash of color seen on trees, lawns, and gardens is one of the earliest signs that Spring is here! Learn more about the different types of flowers and plants that sprout up after the long winter. The book can be one in your home library or one of these electronic resources:

  1. PebbleGo database Plants  

  2. PebbleGo  Flowers ebook (It may take a few minutes for the book to load. Remember to click the arrow on the right side of the book to open it. Then click the bottom left arrow to hear the book read aloud)

  3. Fiction and nonfiction books on BookFlix Flowers and Plants

        

Weather: Many forms of weather can be seen in the spring. Snow flurries may fall in March, rain will bring May flowers, lightning can brighten the night sky, and warm temperatures will wake up the grass! Learn more about the different weather patterns in spring. The book can be one in your home library or one of these electronic resources:

 

  1. Bookflix’s Earth and Sky database has Spring related fiction and nonfiction books

  2. PebbleGo Earth and Space Sciences database describes weather 

  3. Pebble Go Exploring Spring ebook (It may take a few minutes for the book to load. Remember to click the arrow on the right side of the book to open it. Then click the bottom left arrow to hear the book read aloud )

  4. World Book Kids and Students WorldBook Online Encyclopedia provides detailed weather information and videos. 

  5. With a grown up, listen to the local weather report 

 

Spring Activities

Be a Meteorologist! 

  1. Observe the weather outside each morning this week and be your family’s “weather reporter.” For example: what is the temperature, is it cloudy, sunny, or rainy? 

  1. Report on a Tornado in a Bottle. You will need water, liquid dish soap, and a plastic bottle. Simply fill the bottle 3/4 of the way with water and add a drop dish soap. Cover tightly. Turn the bottle upside down. Give the bottle a good spin with a roll of a wrist. Watch your tornado! Note: let the water and soap settle between spins. 

  2. Spot a Rainbow. Make a rainbow by flashing the light from a flashlight onto the surface of a CD. What colors can you observe and report? 

 

Be a Scientist!

  1. Bean Plant Experiment: Gather a small cup or jar, place cotton balls or crumpled paper towel inside, place two dry kidney or lima beans on top, then water until the cotton or paper towel is wet but not too damp. Observe the beans each day and see what happens! 

  2. Celery Experiment: Learn how plants absorb water through their roots. Select stalks of celery with leaves. Cut about a quarter inch off the bottom. Put about 8 ounces of water into a glass jar or vase. Drop 3-4 drops of food coloring into the jar. Place stalks into the water and use a stalk to very gently stir until food coloring is mixed evenly. After 3 hours observe what happens. Then look again over the next 48 hours. After 2 days, you can cut the bottom of the celery to see where the water traveled up the celery stem. 

 

Be a Wildlife Expert!

  1.  Look outside at different times during the day and see how many “spring animals” are out and about. Challenge others to spot them too. 

  2. Draw and label some of the animals you observed outside or read about on paper or sidewalk chalk to share with others.

 

Be an Artist! 

  1. Make a spring flower bouquet using tissue or construction paper. Gather a couple of paper sheets and place them on top of each other, fold paper like an accordian, grab folded paper in the middle and tie with string/pipe cleaner/food bag tie, then separate and spread each layer out. 

  2. Create a spring scene using materials from home or an online program. Let your imagination soar!! Here are some ideas: a caterpillar from paper chain cutouts, a movie about spring using legos or action figures, a rainbow using different color paper strips. 




 

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