Seasons Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade
Hey, y'all! If you were with us last week, you learned all about our first few units of the school year: patterns in the sky, seasons, and weather. I love starting the year off with these units because they are the key points we talk about during much of the school year.
We start off our seasons unit with a story, a brain dump/graffiti wall, and a demonstration about why we have seasons. Grab a flashlight and a globe and you instantly have all your students' attention!
The rest of the week, students go through a series of stations exploring each of the seasons. I like to keep books about different seasons out and at students' disposal in case they need a reference point. Students sort things they would see in different seasons, draw and write about what they could wear and what they could see, they read books about each of the seasons, and so much more.
You could set these stations up as rotations, do each station whole group, or put some or all of them out and let students choose which ones to work on first. I've done all three options and they all work well for different groups of students.
On Friday, we use Q-tips (cotton swabs) to dip into paint and dab the leaves on the trees. I put white out for winter so students can make snow. If you live in the south like I did for many years, you may choose to have your students just color the tree brown. I put pink paint out for spring, green for summer, and red, yellow, and orange out for fall (depending on the class--sometimes they just get one color for fall).
The kids love learning about the different seasons and it's great to do these in September or October so the kids can see the changes in the trees and we can discuss them all year. I like to do it before the fall equinox if I can so we can talk about what the equinox is and how we divide up the seasons on the calendar.
Again, this is part of our month-long unit covering patterns in the sky, seasons, and weather. It sets the stage for the rest of the year so it's kind of a biggie. You can find this unit and more by heading over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I'm always adding new resources so be sure to follow my store to see what's new.
I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom and your seasons unit. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.