Easter Fun....with a FREEBIE!

We are celebrating Holy Week at school starting tomorrow.
Since I teach at a Catholic School, this is one of our most important weeks during the year!
Our students have been learning about Lent, Palm Sunday and the events leading up to Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday
Last week we read a passage from the Children's Bible all about Palm Sunday.  We also made this palm craft.  I got this idea during my first year teaching from my colleague Ms. Alves and we do it nearly every year!
All you need is a 1" strip of Bristol board (or sturdy piece of construction paper) and lots of 1" pieces of green construction paper.  Students glue the green paper in a "V" formation onto the Bristol board.

Easter Crafts
We just started making these oil pastel crosses on Friday.  They look difficult but are super easy!  I cut out a cross for each student and had them colour the edges with oil pastels.  They we taped it to another paper and students smudged the oil pastels off onto the other paper.  We removed the cross and then used water colour paint to paint the sky and grass.

These are our Easter cards.  We made the glowing sun by using eye droppers to drip yellow and red food colouring onto a coffee filter (we just folded it in half).  Once it's dry we glued it to a folded blue construction paper and had students write "He is risen!" on the outside and "Happy Easter!" on the inside.  Very simple but isn't it so beautiful?

In my last blog post I showed a picture of the beautiful candles we made and instructions on how to make them if you are interested.

Easter Activities/Provocations
My students love using the tweezers to pick things up (which is great for fine motor practice too!).  Here they have to pick up the carrots using the tweezers and place that many into the correct basket.
Carrots and basket are from Dollarama and the tweezers are from Wintergreen Learning (these are the BEST tweezers out there!)

Students open a carrot and build a sight word using the cut up letters.  They can record them on their paper. 

Sorting coloured eggs (they are made of foam!) into muffin tins.

Our sensory bin for Easter, filled with Easter grass, plastic eggs, small chicks, and tweezers (all from Dollarama).

I'm also setting up my Write the Room - Easter activity.  Students take a clipboard and write all of the Easter words they find around the room.  Different worksheets included for differentiated instruction.  There are 18 Easter vocabulary words (non-religious)  AND an additional 6 Easter vocabulary words that are religious.  Click on the pictures below to view.

Weekly Poem - FREEBIE!!!
We always have a weekly poem we introduce in Monday (and stays up on the chart stand all week so students can go back and read poem).  Here is the poem I will be introducing tomorrow for this week.
You can download this poem for free by clicking HERE.  I made it with both Canadian and American spellings of the word "colourful/colorful".  Just print the poem you need.
It's from my new Interactive Pocket Chart {Poem Builder} - I'm a Little Bunny pack that I just uploaded to TpT this morning if you are looking to do more with this poem.
After introducing this poem to my students, I will place the cut-up cards in our pocket chart and invite them to rebuild it.
This pack also comes with smaller cards for your students to cut and glue into a large journal.

You can also find this poem in my Interactive Pocket Chart {Poem Builder} - March BUNDLE.

I've gotten a lot of e-mails asking to do a blog post about how I use the interactive pocket chart in my class.  I promise to take more pictures and post about it next weekend!  Stay tuned!

Happy Easter!

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