Celebrating certain holidays that are religious in manner in the classroom can be tricky. Like Christmas, Easter is one of those holidays. Whether or not you choose to celebrate it or do Easter-related things is completely up to you and your school. If you however are able to do Easter-themed activities, I highly recommend keeping it inclusive and simple!
Just like Christmas, rather than focus on the holiday as a whole, it’s probably best to just focus on a few related things. So for Christmas, you could do a gingerbread unit or create snowglobes. And with Easter, anything to do with bunnies, rabbits, fluffer butts, whatever you call them, and eggs will probably be a green light!
I’m not going to lie, the Easter bunny is still terrifying to me. Even before I saw the movie Donnie Darko in my twenties I would rather go to the dentist than take a picture with the Easter bunny. I did however get over my fear long enough to make some Easter-themed goodies that are currently in a Spring Math and ELA Unit. I hope to eventually expand it into its own unit, but for now read on for some rabbit and egg themed activities!
Easter Math Activities
In second grade students start to learn that lovely little math standard that I know to be called regrouping (it may have changed since I was in the classroom). With Rabbit Regrouping students will practice their subtracting skills that involve regrouping.
If you are looking for even more practice for regrouping, Even or Odd Eggs is just the ticket! With this fun math activity, your kids will solve the three-digit addition problems that involve regrouping and then color the egg according to if the answer is even or odd.
If you still want to have your students practice adding 2 three-digit numbers, but not have regrouping, Rabbit Riddle is the perfect solution. After solving the addition problems they will fill out the code to solve the riddle.
These math activities all involve solving 3 digit problems, but are great because they can be used to practice regrouping or for kids still learning the concept, Rabbit Riddle is a fun alternative!
Easter ELA Activities
When people think of Easter it’s a safe bet that rabbits are one of the first things that come to mind. With this short passage, students will read a non-fiction passage about rabbits and then answer the comprehension questions using complete sentences. This would be a fun activity for timed reading or small group work.
One way to improve students writing is to have them take ownership and learn how to edit! With Editing and Eggs, students will read each sentence and then write it correctly using proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. A fun way to make this even more engaging is to allow them to use pastel colored pencils or pens to take the Easter them a bit farther!
You might be asking yourself about the final activity. It had been quite some time since I dug into the more advanced grammar standards when I made this unit, but this is a great standard to teach students especially as they are improving their writing skills with concepts such as personal narratives.
I teach students that reflexive pronouns are like a mirror and reflect back to the subject. A pronoun takes the place of a noun so combining those two means that the subject is talking about the self. After learning that reflexive pronouns end in self if singular and selves if plural, students will read the sentences and then choose the correct word in the box to complete the sentence.
These no-prep activities (some also in digital format) are included in my Spring No Prep and Digital Math and ELA Unit that not only covers Easter, but also spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, AND Cinco de Mayo!