When I announced to my 3rd grade class that I was pregnant, I was amazed at just how excited they were... they even asked if they would be invited to my baby shower! So instead of inviting them to my shower, I decided to have a baby shower just for my class! Here are 14 activities that are both fun AND educational. Many of these activities are leveled and/or easily adaptable for your different types of learners.
"He or She: What will it be?" (**Leveled)
-Involve your entire class by having them vote on what gender they think the baby will be. As a follow-up to the results, choose the graph and level of questions that best fit students’ abilities. (Skills: data & graphing)
"Baby Word Scramble"
-Test your students’ logic by having them unscramble words associated with babies. (Skills: vocabulary & phonics)
"Baby Animals" (**Leveled)
-Have your students match the species of animal to its baby name. Push students to the next level by having them research the more obscure names. (Skills: vocabulary, life science, & research)
"Name That Baby!"
-You know your students have an opinion on what to name the baby! Have them list their top 5 boy name and girl name choices. Or, test their creativity by seeing if they can come up with a baby name for each letter of the alphabet. (Skills: ABC order)
"Letter Writing: Advice to Teacher"
-Have students write a letter giving you advice for raising a new baby. (Skills: letter writing & conventions)
"Baby Names Around the World"
-Expand your students’ knowledge by sharing popular names from 16 countries all around the world. Encourage students to note their findings of similarities and differences. Have students take their findings to the next level by supporting them with evidence through research, such as geographical location and/or languages. Practice those geography skills by locating the countries on a map. (Skills: geography, foreign language, & research)
"Baby Book Review"
-Invite students to use their persuasive writing skills to write a book review for one of their favorite children’s books. (Skills: persuasive writing & conventions)
"Baby, Baby, Read All About It!"
-A list of favorite baby read alouds, books about babies, and books about being a brother or sister. Use as classroom read alouds or for those students who want to learn more. (Skills: reading & comprehension)
"About a Baby"
-Make the connection between home and school by having students ask their parents for a picture of them as a baby, as well as their birth statistics. Create a gallery of pictures and let students have fun trying to match their classmates to their baby picture. (Skills: measurement)
"Our Class in Numbers"
-As a follow-up to the "About a Baby" assignment, engage students in a multitude of activities including compiling, organizing, and comparing classroom data. (Skills: measurement & place value)
"Our World in Numbers"
-As an additional follow-up to the "About a Baby" assignment, have students crunch numbers by comparing their personal data to records set around the world. (Skills: measurement & computation)
"Shopping for Baby"
-A series of money word problems. (Skills: computation & money)
"Baby Word Search"
-A fun activity where students search for words associated with babies. (Skills: vocabulary)
-Use these 12 traditional nursery rhymes in several different ways. For younger students, have them identify rhyming words and practice fluency. For more advanced students, have them research the history and meaning of these classic nursery rhymes. (Skills: fluency, phonics, comprehension, & research)