Top of the morning to ya! So excited to share some fun and engaging March ideas you can do with your students during the month AND tell you about a great giveaway you don’t want to miss! I know this time of year is stressful! There is testing preparation, spring fever, not to mention more after hour activities that keep you from going to bed at a decent hour. For these reasons, I’ve tried to create a few resources to lighten the load and give you the opportunity to win some great prizes!
I have a love/hate relationship with the month of March. March brings two of my favorite things; spring and softball! Spending time watching my baby girl play softball is one of my favorite activities! I also enjoy the beautiful weather we have in our state. Doesn’t get much better! However, March doesn’t always love me. Allergies hit with a vengeance and softball makes me one tired momma! Can anyone relate?
For those reasons, I’m always on the lookout for fun and engaging resources to help me get through this time of year. Which is why I wanted to share with you some of my favorite March ideas I know you are going to LOVE!
- March Close Reading Passages
- March Learning Centers Using Seesaw
- STEM Challenge: The Leprechaun Trap
- March Sight Word Games (Editable)
March Close Reading Passages
Each month I like to write passages and find online articles to help me teach close reading strategies. To learn more about how I teach close reading, check out the following post. Some of my favorites online sites include:
Close reading assists the learners in understanding the text at a deeper level. Not only should students be able to comprehend what they read but they should be able to answer questions using evidence from the text. The reader should also have opportunities to apply their understanding to other texts through comparing and analyzing. These March close reading ideas are perfect for helping your students! Learn more here.
March Learning Centers Using Seesaw
I LOVE the Seesaw app! One of the hardest parts of having learning centers in my room is I don’t know what my students are doing! With Seesaw, I have them complete the activity, record themselves, and turn it into me. Not only can I check everyone’s work on my iPad but I can review for understanding easier. Gone are the days of checking recording logs or not even having time to check work at all. This unit has 9 activities. Click here or the picture below to learn more.
Three literacy activities:
- Fluency Reading
- Compound Words
- March Stories
Three math activities:
- Over the Rainbow
- St. Patty’s Graph
- March Word Problems
Three misc. activities:
- Leprechaun Trap
- Comments of Gold
- Are Leprechauns Real?
STEM Challenge: The Leprechaun Trap
STEM stands for:
Science – The study of the physical and natural world
Technology – Any product created by students to solve a problem. Does not have to be digital.
Engineering – The design process students use to solve the problem.
Math – logic of shape, quantity and arrangement.
My STEM lessons are organized by the six characteristics of an effective STEM lesson. Students:
- Solve a real-world problem.
- Use the engineering design process to help solve the problem.
- Are immersed in inquiry and open-ended exploration.
- Work in teams.
- Apply math and science to solve their problem.
- Are allowed to come up with multiple answers and failure is encouraged.
In this lesson, students use what they know about simple machines to create a leprechaun trap! It is a great way to implement the 4C’s into your lessons and get those creative juices flowing!
March Sight Word Games
I LOVE teaching spelling to students. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of resources out there that will allow me to use my own words. That is why I’ve made all of my sight word games editable. You can type the words students are studying in a form field ONE TIME, and they magically appear in ALL of the sight word games. It doesn’t get any better than that folks! Be sure to check out the blog post I wrote about teaching spelling and sight words to students. I think it’s very helpful. To learn more about this editable resource, click here or the picture below.
Hope these ideas have inspired you and will help you get through this crazy month called March. Be sure to check out the giveaway below so you will have a little extra money to spend on your favorite March ideas. Seven lucky winners have a chance to win the following in the “Teacher Pot of Gold” Giveaway! The giveaway runs through 11:59PM March 7th. Winners will be announced Wednesday.
- 1 – $100 TpT gift card
- 4 – $50 TpT gift cards
- 2 – $50 Amazon gift cards
Click on the link below to enter.
Do you have a busy March ahead? Tell me about it in the comments!