I celebrated the First Day of Spring with 1st grade in the library today!
I read excerpts from two books that offer colorful descriptions and vivid details to get the students thinking about spring :
A New Beginning by Wendy Pfeffer
This book uses poetic language and form to celebrate all the signs of new life that spring brings.
“Leaf buds uncurl on bare branches.
Frogs leave their winter hideaways,
hop to the nearest water, and lay eggs.”
When Spring Comes by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
A young girl mired in the cold of winter looks forward to all the delights that spring will bring.
“When spring comes, Grandma and I will walk to the high pasture to pick wild strawberries that glisten like rubies.”
Then I asked the students to think of one springtime word to share so that we could create a word picture about spring: something they look forward to doing in the spring, or a word to describe spring. As students called out their words, I typed them into Wordle. We then experimented with different fonts, colors, and layouts until the students were satisfied that we had caught the essence of spring.
Here are two examples. Beautiful!