Creative Easter Word Lists for Classroom Activities

Girl (6-7) holding Easter basket in garden

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The Easter season is traditionally a time of renewal and rebirth. It falls each year in early spring as the earth thaws and flowers begin to bloom, marking the beginning of the most vibrant and promising time of year for religious and nonreligious people alike. Use this holiday and its season to teach young students new terms and practices related to spring.

Use the following Easter- and- spring-related word lists to design units centered around the topic of growth. Create engaging activities that foster your students' imagination and help them understand the

Easter

Easter is a much-anticipated holiday for all that celebrate it. Many families decorate eggs, participate in hunts for candy, and even attend parades and festivals as part of the celebration. The Easter Bunny is a beloved icon for most children.

You can use familiar traditions and images to teach new words or design fun activities such as word searches and writing prompts to practice those already familiar.

Popular Easter-related words include:

  • Basket
  • Bunny
  • Chick
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Decorate
  • Dye
  • Easter Bunny
  • Eggs
  • Find
  • Grass
  • Hide
  • Hop
  • Hunt
  • Jellybeans
  • Parade

Use caution whenever you are talking about holiday customs. Every family celebrates holidays differently—some students are taught that the Easter Bunny is real and others know that he is imaginary, some get no candy or gifts while others receive many of both, and so on. Be considerate of each family's wishes with this holiday and avoid generalizing.

Religion

Easter is a religious holiday. Because of this, it might be appropriate to talk to your students about religious customs and other cultural practices during this time. This depends both on your school's policies and the grade that you teach, so make sure that you check with administration before teaching students about the religious background of the holiday.

If you do decide to talk about the role of religion in Easter, Palm Sunday and Good Friday are two other Christian holidays that occur during the same week and help to explain the background of the celebration. Explore the history of Easter in Christianity with your students and don't forget to talk about how it is observed in other countries.

Religion-related Easter words include:

  • Christianity/Christ
  • Crucifixion
  • Fasting
  • Lent
  • Reborn
  • Resurrection
  • Sacrifice
  • Savior

Always remember to teach religion objectively. You should only be teaching students what people believe and never trying to influence their beliefs.

Plants and Animals

Your students' curiosity will swell as the world around them changes and there is no better time to teach them how plants and animals grow than when these transformations are happening before their very eyes.

Many plants and animals are born in the spring. Take advantage of any opportunities for studying life cycles, reproduction, and even species identification that present themselves to you when spring rolls around next. Look over your science curriculum to identify what topics might be best covered during this time.

Plant- and- animal-related Easter words include:

  • Butterfly
  • Carrot
  • Cocoon
  • Daffodil
  • Deer
  • Duck
  • Flower
  • Hatch
  • Hibernation
  • Ladybug
  • Lamb
  • Lily
  • Metamorphosis
  • Nest
  • Pansy
  • Tulip

Senses

Spring provides a perfect platform for developing your students' creative minds. Whether you harness the power of poetry or prose, there is almost no limit to how your students can write about and feel inspired by spring and its blooming.

But for a narrower approach to teaching writing using the topic of spring, try encouraging your students to use their senses to document their observations and wonderings.

Sense-related Easter/spring words include:

  • Buzz
  • Chirping
  • Colorful
  • Energizing
  • Fresh
  • Renewed
  • Vivid
  • Warm