Take a few minutes and check out all the printables we have specifically for this holiday. There are a bunch for you to enjoy.
- Easter Mad Lib - Work on your parts of speech in the holiday theme.
- 3 Bunnies Colorful Easter Writing Paper
- 3 Eggs Easter Writing Paper
- Basic EASTER Word Problems
- Colorful Easter Basket Writing Paper
- Create Your Own Easter Story
- Easter Alphabetic Order Worksheet
- Easter Basket Coloring Page
- Easter Basket Writing Paper
- Easter Bingo Card 1
- Bingo Card 2
- Bingo Card 3
- Bingo Card 4
- Easter Egg Coloring Page
- Easter Picture Sentences
- Easter Plural Nouns
- Easter Vocabulary Words and Definitions
- Easter Vocabulary Words and Definitions Quiz
- Easter Word Scramble
- Easter Word Scramble Answer Key
- Word Search
- Follow Directions: Easter Basket
- Follow Directions w/ the Bunny
- I Want To Help
- Jelly Bean Sort
- Jelly Bean Sort Record Page
- Jelly Bean Sort Graph One Egg, Two Eggs, What Do I Do?
- Sara's Happy Easter
- April Monthly Teacher Resource Guide
- Easter Lesson Plans
- Easter Teaching Resources
- Egg Carton Crafts Resources For Kids
- Spring Season Lesson Plans
- Spring Season Teaching Resources
Easter Teacher Resources
Celebrating Easter in Your Classroom
When cultures evolve with time, numerous traditions become a part of it while some become obsolete. One of the most significant festivals that America widely celebrates is Easter.
You know it's Easter time when you see aisles full of delectable treats, both sweet and savory. Easter bunnies would be staring back at you in every corner, but you also catch the vibe with spring.
Although Easter and spring equinox are celebrated only a few days apart, this wasn't necessarily the case.
Learn about why Easter and spring equinox are celebrated together and how you can lift the festive spirit in your classroom by organizing hands-on Easter activities.
What Is Easter?
Easter is a cultural festival celebrated to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The name Easter came from Goddess Eostre, observed at the beginning of spring.
Long before this holiday, the spring equinox was celebrated by early traditions. Celebrating Easter with the spring equinox made perfect sense as the beginning of spring means things are coming to life again.
The egg symbolizes rebirth, and new life springs from an egg. Therefore, as the Easter traditions evolved, eggs became a massive part.
There are numerous class activities out there to celebrate the spirit of Easter. Here, we will discuss how to use these festive spirits to your benefit to teach or reinforce concepts in students.
Here are some Easter class activities divided by subjects:
Sink or Swim:
Teach the concept of densities with eggs. Provide your students with a plastic egg and a glass of water. Now ask them to put the egg in water. Does it sink or swim? It will swim. Now provide each student with these five materials:
- A small paper ball
- Pom poms
- Paper clip
Ask students to fill in the plastic egg with one material at a time and then drop the filled plastic egg in water. What happens? Which materials made the egg sink? Which materials kept the egg afloat?
Materials with higher densities than water caused the plastic egg to sink into the water. Materials with lower densities than water kept the plastic egg afloat.
This experiment needs caution but is a fun way to teach your students about acids and bases. You will require:
- A plastic egg (preferably transparent)
- An Alka Seltzer tablet
- Some water
Twist open the egg and put an Alka Seltzer tablet in the bottom half. There's no reaction when the tablet is lying as it is. Now add some water to the tablet and shut it tight. Ask your students to stay back. Within seconds, there'd be a light explosion, making the lid blow off for up to 6 inches. Why did that happen?
Alka Seltzer is a mixture of baking soda (a base) and citric acid that neutralized and emitted carbon dioxide upon adding water, which caused the explosion.
Language Arts Activities
Matched or Mismatched:
Provide students with parted plastic eggs. The top half will have prefixes written on them whereas the bottom half will have root words written on them. Students will have to come up with as many correct combinations of prefixes and root words as they can. They'd also note these words down in their notebooks and write their correct meaning.
You can do the same activity with suffixes and root words or synonyms and antonyms as well.
Sort It Out:
Hide chits in the plastic eggs with different parts of speech written in them, such as fish, blue, teaching, etc. Divide students into groups and provide them with these eggs. Students will nominate one team member to start the game. Put bins labeled with different parts of speech in front of them.
One by one, each group member will pick an egg, see the chit inside, identify the part of speech and throw the egg in the correct bin. Two groups will be competing for one whole minute. The team with the least amount of errors and eggs left will win.
Matched or Mismatched (Math Version):
Provide students with parted plastic eggs. All halves will have fractions written on them. Students will have to match the equivalent fractions and make a whole egg. You can also time it and see how many whole eggs they could correctly make in one minute.
What's the Time?
Here's another twist on the same activity. Instead of having fractions, write time on the top half and make clocks on the bottom ones. Now ask students to match them correctly.
Use plastic eggs to create colorful patterns on a piece of paper. You can use different sizes of eggs and different parts to create a variety of curvatures. Hang the artwork in your class gallery.
Paint 'em On
Let's add a traditional touch to the celebration. Allow students to get creative by painting a hard-boiled egg. They can use different media to do so. If you want to turn it into a competition, restrict them to a theme such as Earth Day.
You've got your students in festive spirits while teaching your subjects. Good job! Here are some fun facts about Easter that your students might find interesting and worth knowing. You can discuss these fun facts with your students or make it one of your Easter Language Arts Activities.
- The world's largest chocolate Easter egg, 34 ft in length, was made by Italy in 2011.
- President Rutherford B. Hayes was the first to start the Easter egg roll tradition in the White House in 1878 after the activity was banned at Capitol Hill.
- Americans consume more than 16 million Jellybeans. Jellybeans grew in popularity due to their resemblance to eggs.
- People consume many candies on Easter, making it the second biggest holiday for consuming candy, the first being Halloween.
- Do you know which part of the Easter chocolate bunny is mostly consumed first? Ears!
Celebrate this Easter with your students using one of the easter class activities recommended. You can always add more to these hands-on Easter activities or twist them for your students' needs. But remember, when fun and learning go hand in hand, that's when students are the most interested.
Take the festive spirits that your students have as a great sign. Channel it to achieve your own teaching goals. Students will appreciate your lessons being relatable to their life. Happy teaching!