March 11, 2016

Springing into Learning

Welcome spring!!  Why not celebrate warmer weather (and lets be real--how close spring break is) with a fun blog hop!

Recently my students had fun creating their own Spring Digraph Gardens!  We needed to bring a little sunshine and warm weather into our classroom, and we had just finished up studying digraphs-- so assembling these personal gardens were a no-brainier!

Your students can make their very own Spring Digraph Gardens too!  Click here to download this freebie, and follow the directions below!

Materials Needed:
       spring garden templates (click here to get the freebie)
       markers, crayons or colored pencils
       blue construction paper 12 x 18
       green construction paper 9 x 12 (for grass)
       digraph word list (for students that need help generating words)


1. With a dark marker or crayon, students will write a digraph (i.e. wh, th, ch, etc.) in the center of the butterfly and flowers.

2. With a dark maker or crayon, students will write words that contain the digraph they just wrote.  These words will go on the wings and petals of the flowers.
  •    Encourage students to think outside the box—two syllable words, digraphs at the end, etc.
3. Students will decorate their flowers and butterflies.

4. Students will cut out the completed flowers and butterflies.

5. Glue butterflies and flowers to a piece of blue 12 X 18 construction paper.

6. To make the “crinkly” grass, cut a 9 X 12 green paper in half.  Make vertical cuts  on each of the halves, but not all the way through the halves.

7. Crinkle the just-cut fringes with fingers to make grass look 3d.

8. Glue grass on top of flower stems on the blue 12 X 18 paper.

9. Allow glue to dry.

10. Hang the spring digraph gardens so all can see!!

I hope your kiddos have fun creating their gardens!  AND....the gardens don't have to be limited to digraphs--really the possibilities are endless.  You could do prefixes, suffixes, root words, story maps, math fact families, etc.

Don't forget to check out the other freebies and spring ideas!


  1. This activity will bring spring into a classroom even if the weather remains cold for a period of time! Thanks for the great idea.

    Learning with Sunflower Smiles

  2. Great idea for Spring! Students will love coloring the digraphs!

    1. My kiddos definitely had fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Such a cute idea for practicing digraphs!

  4. What a nice way to end a lesson with thoughts of spring. Thanks for sharing your craft activity.
    The Education Highway