The poem in the title was written many years ago and no one knows for sure who wrote it; it has been attributed to Ogden Nash but we don’t know for certain.
The full poem is:
Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the birdies is.
The little bird is on the wing.
But that’s absurd.
The wing is on the bird!
Though the poem is not grammatically correct, the content is true. Spring is here. Technically, it starts on March 20th which, this year is a Friday (in the UK the official date is March 1st) and with Spring come all types of activity. One is that the grass grows and another is that birds appear.
Another thing we do is “Spring Cleaning”, when we clean the house from top to bottom. At school we can have a ‘Spring Cleaning’ too: change posters on the wall by taking down the old ones and making new ones to put up, sharpen all our pencils, empty our pencil cases and throw out or recycle what we don’t need any more. This is a good time to revise vocabulary for the contents of our pencil cases as well as for revising or presenting the language of the material the objects are made of, for example a pencil is made of wood/plastic; a pencil sharpener is made of metal/plastic, a rubber is made of rubber.
Nature has a big clean too. Spring is the time for farmers to prune the trees, for new plants to sprout, for young animals to be born. How many animals do your children know the names of and do they know the names of their young as well? Look at the worksheet for a list of some of the most commonly-known farm animals. You’ll also find the sounds they make if you prefer to do some exercises where the children can use their voices differently by imitating farm animals.
Spring is a time for new beginnings. Years ago, spring was considered as the start of the year. Please remember that while it is spring in March and April in the northern hemisphere, it is the beginning of autumn in the southern hemisphere. Many countries in the northern hemisphere take advantage of more daylight by moving clocks one hour ahead at the end of March, whereas in the southern hemisphere, clocks are moved back one hour since daylight there is becoming shorter. We can use telling the time as a maths lesson – what the time is here compared to what time it is in (for example) Sydney. Children need to know the number of hours difference (Italy plus 10 hours) to be able to give you the correct time. After we change our clocks and Australia has changed theirs (April 5), then the time difference becomes 8 hours.
Ask the children to clean out their school bags while naming every item in English.
How many jobs do they know related to cleaning the house? To sweep/vacuum/wash the floor, to dust, to polish, to tidy, to make a bed, to do the washing, to iron, to fold clothes…..
Ask your children to take a note of any baby birds or animals they see and where/what time they see them.
© ELI 2015