Spring Activities: Literacy Center Activities – Birds and Nests
★ Onset Rime DIBELS
★ 3 Ways to Play
★ 24 onsets and 30 rimes.
★ Colorful birds with onsets (beginning sounds and digraphs) match up to bird’s nests with simple rimes (i.e. –at, -ip, -et).
★ Optional recording sheets for students to write the cvc onset rime words they form.
★ Play as a simple pick a bird game and match it to a nest with a rime that forms a word. OR play Real or Nonsense?
★ This set integrates nicely with Level 2 to make the activity gradually more difficult and allow you to differentiate.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2c Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Phonics and Word Recognition
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3b Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Print pages 1 & 2(these directions and sellers info).
Print page 3 - birds with onsets (beginning consonants and digraphs)
Place page 3 in the printer’s paper tray face up and facing you.
Print page 4, and the reverse images of the birds will print out on the back.
Print page 5 – more birds with onsets
Place page 5 back in the printer’s paper tray face up and facing you.
Print page 6, and the reverse images of the birds will print out on the back.
Print pages 7-27.
Pages 7-13 are bird nest gameboards with rimes on them. 5 of the bird’s nest gameboards each have 6 rimes sorted by vowels. I have also made 2 gameboards with 12 rimes and mixed vowels for more advanced students. Print as many of each gameboards as needed.
Pages 14 - 21 are 8 optional recording sheets. You can make copies of the black and white recording sheets, and ask students to use pencils OR laminate the colored recording sheets, and ask students to use erasable markers. 4 sheets are for students to record the cvc words they build. The other 4 are for the second way to use this activity where the students decide if a word is real or nonsense.
Pages 22 and 23 are 4 optional Word Builder Awards in color and black and white.
Pages 24-27 are 4 pages of tree scenery to make things a bit more realistic. I have explained how to use these below.
Cut the bird sheets on the paper cutter into 12 square cards each. Birds can simply be placed text side down, and students draw a frog card OR for more fun, decorate a file folder box lid with the tree scenery, and place the birds in the lid.
Then the student blends the onset (beginning sound) that is on the bird to the rimes (word chunks) that are on the nests. The bird can be placed on any nest that can be made into a word. The winner is the first student to fill the nests on their gameboard. To make things a bit more realistic, I have provided 2 pages full of tree scenery to fold in half the long way and place over the edge of the file folder box lid. This activity can grow with your students at various levels of blending onsets and rimes.
Another Way to Play – Real or Nonsense
Students pick an onset bird and see which words they can create with their gameboard. They record the real words in the first column and the nonsense words in the second column. I have included a recording sheet set up for this activity.
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Spring Addition Fact Activities
3 Ways to Play - 24 page download - Addition Facts to 18 (Subtraction Facts available in my other product listings.)
Spring Subtraction Facts Activities -
3 Ways to Play – 190 Facts -
42 page download – 190 Subtraction Facts to 18 (Addition Facts available in my other product listings .)
Spring Emergent Reader - Mini-Book -
8 pages per book (cover and 7 pages)
4 Versions - 10 Page Download
1 version in full color to put in your class library or make colored copies for a guided reading group.
1 version in black and white ready for your students to read, color and take home to share.
1 version without illustrations ready for your students to show their comprehension by illustrating it themselves.
1 version with fill in the blanks for your students to create their own Spring little book.
Spring Emergent Readers | Signs of Spring Emergent Reader Mini Books
- 37 Page Download - 3 Different Reading Levels – Emergent Reader & 2 Harder - 4 versions of each book.
Spring Songs and Poems - Shared Reading and Fluency
+ 12 Finger Puppets - Signs of Spring -
28 page file – All Illustrated with Spring themed Graphics-Full Color and Black and White for students to color.
8 Spring Songs/Poems to sing to popular children’s songs.
Sing about spring birds, spring bees, spring ladybugs, spring flowers, spring frogs, and spring ducks.
12 Spring Finger Puppets – 12 color and 12 black and white.
Just choose those you like, and print just those pages.
Sing to familiar tunes, or chant.
Use some or all year after year during the Spring season.
Spring Antonyms Literacy Centers, Recording Sheets & Award
4 Ways to Play
39 page download – 120 Words (60 pairs of antonyms) – Answer Keys- 5 complete sets with different Spring backings and print color to keep them separate.
Spring or Easter Basket Project Poems and M&M Math Literacy Center
23 Page Download – Literacy and Math Center - 4 poems - 2 sizes of poems - Two patterns for baskets, one that prints out in color and one in black and white. You may also print out the color one in black and white, and students can color that one as well. Just cut out, fold in the tabs, and glue or use clear tape. The long rectangular shape is the handle. There are versions of the poems with and without references to Easter in case your school does not celebrate Easter.
Spring or Easter Basket Project and Poem-
7 Page Download - Can be used in conjunction with my jelly bean math or M&M math if you want to add candy to the baskets. Two patterns for baskets, one that prints out in color and one in black and white. You may also print out the color one in black and white, and students can color that one as well. Just cut out, fold in the tabs, and glue or use clear tape. The long rectangular shape is the handle.
Spring or Easter Basket Project & Poems with Jelly Bean Math
25 Page Download - Two patterns for baskets, one that prints out in color and one in black and white. You may also print out the color one in black and white, and students can color that one as well. Just cut out, fold in the tabs, and glue or use clear tape. The long rectangular shape is the handle.
Spring Jelly Beans Math and Literacy Center -
11 Page Download - Math Activities and Shared Reading
Give each student a baggie or paper cup with regular colored jelly beans. If you have a large class, you can ask students to work with a partner.
Spring Build A Word Wheels – Set 1 –
Different Ways To Use and Record – 63 Different Combinations of Wheels, so you can make 63 Word Builder Wheels with this set! - Includes 4 Word Builder Awards and 8 Recording Sheets – Great for Differentiating Word Building Practice with your students -
7 inner wheels and 9 outer wheels
Spring Contractions Soccer
20 Page Download-48 Pairs of Contractions and Contractions Soccer – 4 Separate Sets –48 Pairs of Contractions and Their Components- 25 Page Download – Text is color coded to keep sets separated.
2 Ways to Play - Soccer balls with 2 words that can be made into a contraction match up to soccer nets with the matching contractions. Optional recording sheets for students to write the contractions and the two words from which each is made. Answer keys for each set are included. Play as a simple independent activity or as a game.
Spring Contractions – 4 Separate Sets –
48 Pairs of Contractions and Their Components- 29 Page Download –
Text is color coded to keep sets separated.
2 Ways to Play - Frogs, Insects, Butterflies and Spring Children with 2 words that can be made into a contraction match up to Lily Pads, Leaves, Flowers, and Meadows with the matching contractions.
Optional recording sheets for students to write the contractions and the two words from which each is made.
Answer keys for each set are included.
Play as a simple independent matching activity or as a partner game.
Spring Counting and Skip Counting Activities
38 Page Download - Spring Themes: Spring Children, Spring Butterflies, Spring Flowers, Birds, Spring Frogs, and Spring Insects -
Spring introduction to or review of counting and skip counting by ones, twos, fives and tens to 100.
Spring Literacy Center Activities – Birds and Nests – Onset Rime DIBELS
27 Page Download - 3 Ways to Play - 24 onsets and 30 rimes. Colorful birds with onsets (beginning sounds and digraphs) match up to bird’s nests with simple rimes (i.e. –at, -ip, -et). Optional recording sheets for students to write the cvc onset rime words they form. Play as a simple pick a bird game and match it to a nest with a rime that forms a word. OR play Real or Nonsense? This set integrates nicely with Level 2 to make the activity gradually more difficult and allow you to differentiate.
Spring Literacy Centers: Birds and Nests! Onset Rime DIBELS –
Word Building – Level 2
More Complex Words
36 Page Download - 3 Ways to Play - 60 onset and 60 rimes. Birds with onsets (single consonants AND consonant blends and digraphs, 2 and 3 letter blends and digraphs) match up to birds’ nests with more complex rimes (i.e. est, ill, –aid, ore, ide, ight, etc.). You can use it in conjunction with my first set that focuses on c-v-c words to make the first set harder gradually and then progress to just this set. Optional recording sheets for students to write the words they form.
Spring Sight Words Literacy Centers Game Board Activities –
Level 1 -
5 Different Game Boards
19 Page download - 5 different Spring themed game boards for the first 106 Dolch sight vocabulary words. I have included 6 spinners. (Game boards with the last 114 Dolch are available in my product listings.) Some of the spinners have higher numbers to make the game go faster. You could also use dice. Gameboards are themed around Spring.
Spring Sight Words Literacy Centers Game Board Activities – Level 2 -
Last 114 Dolch Words + 10 Dolch Nouns
5 Different Game Boards
5 different Spring themed game boards for last 114 Dolch sight vocabulary words plus 10 Dolch nouns.
19 Page Download (Gameboards with the first 106 Dolch words are available in my product listings.)
I have included 6 spinners, 8 recording sheets and 4 Sight Words Awards. Some of the spinners have higher numbers to make the game go faster. You could also use dice. Gameboards are themed around Spring.
Spring Sight Word Activities SET TWO – 10 Sets – Memory, Roll and Read, Old Maid, Follow the Path, Spring Snowflake and more!
5 Ways to Play
55 page download – Last 120 Dolch Words. (See set 1 in my other product listings for the first 100 Dolch Words with different backings and font size to differentiate from set 2.) You can print it out as is, but it is designed to be printed out back to back with 10 different sets of Spring graphics printing on the reverse side to keep the 10 sets separate.
10 Recording Sheets with Coordinating Graphics to match each game, and 4 Spring themed Sight Word Awards.
Spring Sight Word Activities-
SET One – 10 Sets – Memory/Concentration, “Spring Blizzard!”
Card Game and more! – blank cards for theme words or students’ names, too…5 Ways to Play - Memory, Old Maid, Follow the Path, Roll and Read, Spring Blizzard - Print With or Without Backings
55 page download - First 100 Dolch Words. (See set 2 in my other product listings for the last 120 Dolch Words.)
Spring Synonym Soccer – 60 Pairs of Synonyms –
28 Page Download – 3 Ways to Play - Soccer balls with synonyms match up to soccer nets with the matching synonyms. Optional recording sheets for students to write the pairs of synonyms. Answer keys for each set are included. Play as a simple independent activity or as a game.
Spring Synonyms Literacy Centers, Recording Sheets & Awards-
4 Ways to Play -
35 page download – 120 Words (60 pairs of synonyms) –
5 complete sets with different Spring backings and print color of the synonyms to keep them separate. Spring themes include: Spring Children, Frogs, Birds, Butterflies and Insects.