Holiday and seasonal celebrations are important. Children are often excited about holidays like Easter. Rather than ignore that excitement, you can use holiday themes to teach everyday concepts. Tap into children’s natural enthusiasm for holidays to build interest around important skills, whether it’s math, spelling or writing.
How to use Easter for writing practice
Using Easter as a starting point can lead to all kinds of writing: nonfiction (learn and write about rabbits), personal narrative (describe an Easter memory), fiction (imagine you met the Easter bunny), or poetry (create poetry around any symbol of Easter).
Here are 3 quick ways to use Easter to jumpstart (or should I say hopstart) your writing lessons this Easter.
Brainstorm Easter ideas
Writing is a process, and one of the first steps is coming up with ideas. Brainstorm as a class a list of objects, animals, activities, foods, clothing or other things related to Easter. Some things may be traditional Easter associations, such as bunnies or eggs. Others may be things specific to a students family experience, such as a specific sweet bread they always eat or a story they read at home.
To help students come up with interesting details, ask them to think about things related to Easter that they can notice with all of their senses. For example, the heavy, sweet smell of Easter lilies or creamy chocolate eggs or the sound of newly born chicks chirping. Have students pick one thing from your list to write about.
Write Easter sticker stories
Share a variety of Easter stickers. Have each student choose three and stick them to their paper. Then have them write a story inspired by all three stickers. The stickers may suggest a character, the setting or part of the action of the story.
For a variation on this, give students a list of Easter-related words and ask them to write a story using all the words.
Respond to a story
Read an Easter story with students. There are many, from beloved series like Pete the Cat, the Berestein Bears, Llama Llama and Laura Numerof’s Mouse. Have students write their response to the story. Questions they could answer include:
- What did you like most about this story?
- What was realistic about the story?
- How is the Easter in the story like or different from your Easter celebration?
Students may also enjoy writing a letter to the Easter Bunny or writing about their own Easter celebration. There are so many ways to incorporate Easter into your writing, spelling and other lessons.
I’ve put together 37 Easter-focused activities in the Easter Theme Pack to make it even easier for you. Download, print and you’re ready to go.
Writing practice includes:
- Write and draw about Easter
- Write a happy Easter story
- Easter words
- Write about an Easter dream
- 10 favorite Easter things
- Letter to the Easter Bunny
- Sentences using Easter words
You also get spelling, art and math related activities for fun and focused learning.