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Simple Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

Simple Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

April is full of fun learning opportunities such as National Poetry Month, Arbor Day, and John James Audubon’s birthday. Here are some simple and creative ideas to use this month!

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce children to the world of poetry. By starting with engaging poems, there is the greatest chance of lighting an interest in poetry so choose poems carefully.

  • Keep a collection of age-appropriate poetry books for children to read during quiet reading time, indoor recess or when they finish their work early.
  • Highlight a different poet each day by reading aloud a poem. If daily is too much, focus on a different poet each week and read a different poem by him/her each day that week.
  • Have children write their own poems. Depending on their writing level, have them write their own poem or do something simpler like an acrostic poem.

National Lawn and Garden Month

When spring arrives, everyone is ready to be outdoors! Help children understand the importance of gardening and encourage them to consider how gardening can be both fun and beneficial.

  • Grow something! If you need to start simple, plant beans in styrofoam cups or sprout them in a baggie with damp paper towel. Other plants that can be grown include sweet potatoes and grass. Each one will sprout and grow quickly.
  • Focus on flowers! Bring in a bouquet of flowers and discuss the various kinds of flowers, their unique characteristics, and how they are grown.
  • Explore fascinating facts with my Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards. Children love learning these little tidbits!
  • Have students design their own backyard gardens with flowers, vegetables and fruits. Have them draw a diagram of what they would like to grow and where.
  • Use my FREE Plants and Gardening Literacy Sampler Pack for additional ideas!

Arbor Day

While many teachers usually teach about trees in the fall, Arbor Day is a great time to get students thinking about the role trees play in the world.

  • Complete an Arbor Day KWL to get the learning started!
  • Celebrate the importance of trees! Make lapbooks about trees, highlighting their parts, how they grow, and the importance they play in the world.
  • Coordinate with a local nursery for each child to receive a tree to take home and plant. Include a handout that explains how to plant and care for the tree.
  • Create a “Trees are Important” bulletin board. Place a large trunk and branches on the board. Then have students write important tree facts on leaves that they then add to the tree.
  • Use my Tree Fun Fact Cards to explore all different kinds of interesting facts about trees!

Famous April Birthdays

Several important people were born in April. Take the opportunity to consider their contributions to the world.

Hans Christian Andersen (April 2)

  • Select several books with stories and fairy tales by Hans Christen Anderson. Make them available to the students to peruse when they have time.
  • Read aloud a few favorite stories. Have students illustrate their favorite.

Thomas Jefferson (April 13)

  • Introduce students to Jefferson and Monticello. Using a book or the internet, explore the beauties of Jefferson’s home.
  • Research Jefferson’s gravestone and what was engraved on there. Discuss why he wanted certain accomplishments on there and why others were left off.

William Shakespeare (April 23)

  • Discuss plays and why Shakespeare is still so popular after many years.
  • Show students a clip of a Shakespearean play so they can get a feel for the costumes and language.
  • Have older students prepare a short scene from one of Shakespeare’s works and perform it for the younger students.

John James Audubon (April 26)

  • Using a book with Audubon’s illustrations, discuss the importance of his accomplishments.
  • Explore why Audubon was so popular in Europe and was nicknamed “the American woodsman.”
  • Have students create a bird book of their own that features birds prominent in their area.
  • Learn more about birds with my Birds Fun Fact Cards!

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Arbor Day KWL – Graphic Organizers for Arbor Day Unit

Arbor Day KWL - Graphic Organizers for Arbor Day Unit

It’s time to celebrate Arbor Day! Get your celebration off to a great start with this ready to go KWL! A KWL is a quick and easy way to help your students focus on the topic at hand and makes it easy for you to assess your students’ prior knowledge and determine what they have learned.

These easy-to-use graphic organizers provide a neat and professional presentation in your classroom or make a great addition to your child’s notebooking project.

KWLs are provided in both vertical and horizontal format.

I have many other KWLs available in a variety of topics! Please also check out my popular Tree Fun Fact Cards that children love!

Arbor Day KWL - Two Graphic Organizers
Arbor Day KWL - Two Graphic Organizers
Arbor Day KWL - Two Graphic Organizers
Price: $1.00

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Trees KWL – Two Graphic Organizers for Tree Unit Study

Trees KWL - Two Graphic Organizers for Tree Unit Study

Get your tree unit off to a great start with this ready to go KWL! A KWL is a quick and easy way to help your students focus on the topic at hand and makes it easy for you to assess your students’ prior knowledge and determine what they have learned.

These easy-to-use graphic organizers provide a neat and professional presentation in your classroom or make a great addition to your child’s notebooking project.

KWLs are provided in both vertical and horizontal format.

I have many other KWLs available in a variety of topics! Please also check out my popular Tree Fun Fact Cards that children love!

Trees KWL - Two Graphic Organizers for Tree Units
Trees KWL - Two Graphic Organizers for Tree Units
Trees KWL - Two Graphic Organizers for Tree Units
Price: $1.00

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Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards – Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time

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Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards are a quick, flexible, colorful and fun way to expand your unit! Start building interest in your topic each morning with these 30 fascinating fact cards that go beyond the basics.

One teacher shared:
“My kids are addicted to reading these facts cards every morning. If I forget to read one, they are sooo quick to remind me. And the parents are learning too! During conferences, I had many parents tell me how much they had learned from their children when we read the apple and pumpkin cards. Thanks!”

These cards are used multiple ways by teachers in many grades. I love reading about all the different ways teachers use them in their classroom!

Quick Fun Fact – Read the fact card each day and store them in a small basket where the students can look at them again and again. Or keep the set on a ring.

Fact of the Day Bulletin Board – Read a fact each day and display the cards on a special bulletin board or foam board.

Hallway Display – One teacher displayed them on the hallway chalkboard outside her door so many students and adults could read them.

Calendar Pocket Chart – Put a fact behind each number on the calendar and have a different student take it out each day. You can then display on bulletin board.

Geography Extension – Put the cards on a wall map with a string that points to where it ties in.

Go Fish – Create two sets and use for a game of Go Fish.

Memory Game – Create two sets and use for a Memory Game.

Scavenger Hunt – Use the cards to create a Scavenger Hunt.

School Bulletin Board – One kindergarten class had two students take the fact of the day down to the office each morning, “teach” the fact to the office staff, and then display the cards on the office bulletin board for everyone in the school to see.

The cards are 3×3 and there are 6 on a page. I made them small so they easily slide behind your date cards on the calendar pocket chart. They are also a good size for small hands if using them for a game. I also made them smaller to find the balance between making them colorful, but not taking too much ink when you print them.

The cards are unnumbered so they can be used in any month and in any sequence. You can use all the cards in the set or only a portion. This provides maximum flexibility for the teacher’s schedule. Use one set all month or use parts of two sets depending on your needs.

Also included is a hyperlinked list of the relevant websites where the facts were located.

These are just one in a series of fact cards that you can use all year long! Click to see all of the topics currently available with more being added regularly!

Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards
Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards
Flowers and Plants Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time
Price: $3.00

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Butterfly Fun Fact Cards – Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Board, Games

Butterfly Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time

Butterfly Fun Fact Cards are a quick, flexible, colorful and fun way to expand your unit! Start building interest in your topic each morning with these 30 fascinating fact cards that go beyond the basics.

One teacher shared:
“My kids are addicted to reading these facts cards every morning. If I forget to read one, they are sooo quick to remind me. And the parents are learning too! During conferences, I had many parents tell me how much they had learned from their children when we read the apple and pumpkin cards. Thanks!”

These cards are used multiple ways by teachers in many grades. I love reading about all the different ways teachers use them in their classroom!

Quick Fun Fact – Read the fact card each day and store them in a small basket where the students can look at them again and again. Or keep the set on a ring.

Fact of the Day Bulletin Board – Read a fact each day and display the cards on a special bulletin board or foam board.

Hallway Display – One teacher displayed them on the hallway chalkboard outside her door so many students and adults could read them.

Calendar Pocket Chart – Put a fact behind each number on the calendar and have a different student take it out each day. You can then display on bulletin board.

Geography Extension – Put the cards on a wall map with a string that points to where it ties in.

Go Fish – Create two sets and use for a game of Go Fish.

Memory Game – Create two sets and use for a Memory Game.

Scavenger Hunt – Use the cards to create a Scavenger Hunt.

School Bulletin Board – One kindergarten class had two students take the fact of the day down to the office each morning, “teach” the fact to the office staff, and then display the cards on the office bulletin board for everyone in the school to see.

The cards are 3×3 and there are 6 on a page. I made them small so they easily slide behind your date cards on the calendar pocket chart. They are also a good size for small hands if using them for a game. I also made them smaller to find the balance between making them colorful, but not taking too much ink when you print them.

The cards are unnumbered so they can be used in any month and in any sequence. You can use all the cards in the set or only a portion. This provides maximum flexibility for the teacher’s schedule. Use one set all month or use parts of two sets depending on your needs.

Also included is a hyperlinked list of the relevant websites where the facts were located.

These are just one in a series of fact cards that you can use all year long! Click to see all of the topics currently available with more being added regularly!

Butterfly Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time
Butterfly Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time
Butterfly Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time
Price: $3.00

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Arctic and Antarctic Fun Fact Cards – Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Boards, Games, Circle Time

Arctic and Antarctic Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Boards, Games, Circle Time

Arctic and Antarctic Fact Cards are a quick, flexible, colorful and fun way to expand your unit! Start building interest in your topic each morning with these 28 fascinating fact cards that go beyond the basics.

One teacher shared:
“My kids are addicted to reading these facts cards every morning. If I forget to read one, they are sooo quick to remind me. And the parents are learning too! During conferences, I had many parents tell me how much they had learned from their children when we read the apple and pumpkin cards. Thanks!”

These cards are used multiple ways by teachers and parents in many grades. I love reading about all the different ways teachers and parents use them!

Quick Fun Fact – Read the fact card each day and store them in a small basket where the students can look at them again and again. Or keep the set on a ring.

Fact of the Day Bulletin Board – Read a fact each day and display the cards on a special bulletin board or foam board.

Hallway Display – One teacher displayed them on the hallway chalkboard outside her door so many students and adults could read them.

Calendar Pocket Chart – Put a fact behind each number on the calendar and have a different student take it out each day. You can then display on bulletin board.

Geography Extension – Put the cards on a wall map with a string that points to where it ties in.

Go Fish – Create two sets and use for a game of Go Fish.

Memory Game – Create two sets and use for a Memory Game.

Scavenger Hunt – Use the cards to create a Scavenger Hunt.

School Bulletin Board – One kindergarten class had two students take the fact of the day down to the office each morning, “teach” the fact to the office staff, and then display the cards on the office bulletin board for everyone in the school to see.

The cards are 3×3 and there are 6 on a page. I made them small so they easily slide behind your date cards on the calendar pocket chart. They are also a good size for small hands if using them for a game. I also made them smaller to find the balance between making them colorful, but not taking too much ink when you print them.

The cards are unnumbered so they can be used in any month and in any sequence. You can use all the cards in the set or only a portion. This provides maximum flexibility for the teacher’s schedule. Use one set all month or use parts of two sets depending on your needs.

Also included is a hyperlinked list of the relevant websites where the facts were located.

Arctic and Antarctic Fun Fact Cards
Arctic and Antarctic Fun Fact Cards
Arctic and Antarctic Fun Fact Cards - Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Boards, Games, Circle Time
Price: $3.00

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Chinese New Year Fun Fact Cards – Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Board, Games, Circle Time

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Chinese New Year Fact Cards are a quick, flexible, colorful and fun way to expand your unit! Start building interest in your topic each morning with these 18 fascinating fact cards that go beyond the basics. There are ten cards with general facts and eight cards that highlight the years 2013-2020.

One teacher shared:
“My kids are addicted to reading these facts cards every morning. If I forget to read one, they are sooo quick to remind me. And the parents are learning too! During conferences, I had many parents tell me how much they had learned from their children when we read the apple and pumpkin cards. Thanks!”

These cards are used multiple ways by teachers and parents in many grades. I love reading about all the different ways they are used!

Quick Fun Fact – Read the fact card each day and store them in a small basket where the students can look at them again and again. Or keep the set on a ring.

Fact of the Day Bulletin Board – Read a fact each day and display the cards on a special bulletin board or foam board.

Hallway Display – One teacher displayed them on the hallway chalkboard outside her door so many students and adults could read them.

Calendar Pocket Chart – Put a fact behind each number on the calendar and have a different student take it out each day. You can then display on bulletin board.

Geography Extension – Put the cards on a wall map with a string that points to where it ties in.

Go Fish – Create two sets and use for a game of Go Fish.

Memory Game – Create two sets and use for a Memory Game.

Scavenger Hunt – Use the cards to create a Scavenger Hunt.

School Bulletin Board – One kindergarten class had two students take the fact of the day down to the office each morning, “teach” the fact to the office staff, and then display the cards on the office bulletin board for everyone in the school to see.

The cards are 3×3 and there are 6 on a page. I made them small so they easily slide behind your date cards on the calendar pocket chart. They are also a good size for small hands if using them for a game. I also made them smaller to find the balance between making them colorful, but not taking too much ink when you print them.

The cards are unnumbered so they can be used in any month and in any sequence. You can use all the cards in the set or only a portion. This provides maximum flexibility for the teacher’s schedule. Use one set all month or use parts of two sets depending on your needs.

Also included is a hyperlinked list of the relevant websites where the facts were located.

Chinese New Year Fun Fact Cards
Chinese New Year Fun Fact Cards
Chinese New Year Fact Cards - 18 Cards for Unit Extension Activity, Bulletin Boards, and Games
Price: $3.00

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