Easter is coming in 2020 along with school holidays, school closures and lockdowns. While readilearn lessons and activities are designed with teachers of the first three years of school in mind, perhaps, in these challenging times, parents may also find them useful in supporting their children’s learning while they are out of school.
The collection now numbers over 400 resources and more than 70 of these are interactive lessons and stories. All resources can be accessed with a small annual subscription or purchased individually. Many of the resources are free.
While teachers would normally use the interactive lessons on the interactive whiteboard with the whole class or small group, parents access them on their home computers. Just as teachers would discuss the resources when using them with a class, so too, parents discuss them with their children as they work through them together. The most benefit for children comes from the discussion. They are not designed for children to use independently.
Lessons and activities with an Easter focus
Lessons and activities in the readilearn collection cover a range of topics and curriculum areas. However, the focus of this post is on those with an Easter theme and how they can be used to keep the children thinking and learning while having fun. (Note: All readilearn Easter-themed resources can be found here.)
In the classroom
An inclusive classroom acknowledges all traditions celebrated by its children.
Find out whether Easter is one of the traditions celebrated by the families of children in the class and discuss how it is celebrated.
If you have already investigated Family traditions and celebrations, you will know which children celebrate Easter and which do not.
For children who don’t celebrate Easter, be sensitive to the expectations their families may have for their participation.
My personal view is that it is beneficial for children to learn about the traditions of others but that they can opt out of activities and celebrations if families wish. In my experience, few families have requested their children be provided with alternative activities as they don’t want their children to feel different or be left out. They also support the view that it is good for their children to understand the culture of which they are now a part.
If you are a parent at home and your family celebrates Easter, support your child in keeping a diary of your family’s Easter celebration this year and recording your family’s usual Easter traditions.
Children love to write about things they know about and enjoy. Follow up discussions of Easter traditions with writing.
When I think of Easter, I
When it’s Easter, my family
Children also enjoy using their imaginations and having fun with ideas. They may like to, for example, consider problems that the Easter Bunny or Bilby may encounter in making their deliveries, and write a story to explain how the problem is solved.
Resources for learning across the curriculum
Easter Delivery is an interactive digital story for use on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom or personal computer at home.
While the resource is designed to encourage mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills using combinations of numbers up to ten, it also involves children in reading and following instructions. Follow-up activities extend the learning.
The story: The Bilby twins, Benny and Belinda, are excited to be making their first deliveries for Easter. Before they do, they must prove to Dad that they can deliver the correct number of eggs for each friend’s family.
After children have helped Benny and Belinda by working out what combinations of eggs could be delivered to each family, they are challenged to consider how many eggs Benny and Belinda would deliver to their own families.
Science information about bilbies is included in the resource.
Related activities supporting the resource include:
Benny and Belinda’s Easter Delivery – a worksheet on which children can work out the number of eggs Benny and Belinda would deliver to their families.
Fill Mrs Bilby’s wagon – a game for maths groups is equally suitable for families to play at home. It involves children in subitising, adding, counting, finding missing addends and trading.
Bilby Easter gift labels and bookmarks can be printed and given as gifts to children, classroom assistants, colleagues and family.
The Bilbies – Easter colouring page can also be used as a stimulus for discussion, storytelling and writing.
A Happy Easter card from the Bilbies can be personalised with children’s own messages and posted to relatives and friends.
Match the Bilbies is a fun exercise in visual discrimination which requires children to find two bilbies that are exactly the same. It’s not as easy as you think. This is new and free for Easter this year.
Easter maths lessons and activities
There are many other Easter activities that can be incorporated into the maths program at school or used by families at home.
Collect the eggs – a game for maths groups is also suitable for parents to play with their children at home. The game involves children in counting on and back, and subitising and comparing numbers up to 20. It also provides opportunities for discussing “What is fair?”
Easter egg domino cards can be used in a range of ways to help to develop fluency in number with
- addition turn arounds
- missing addends
- speed of recall.
They are equally suited to use at home or school.
Children always enjoy data collection, especially when they are the source of the data.
It is easy to create Yes or No graphs in response to questions such as:
Do you receive Easter eggs?
In the classroom, another fun living graph, bar graph or picture graph to make is one showing children’s favourite kind of Easter treat.
Children at home could interview relatives and friends, by phone or email, to record favourite Easter treats.
Easter English lessons and activities
Opportunities for writing can be found everywhere. One of the best ways of stimulating interesting writing is by encouraging children to use their imaginations in asking and responding to questions. It can be as simple as showing them an object; for example, an Easter egg in this instance. See how many questions they can ask and let their ideas flow.
- Whose egg is it?
- What is it for?
- How did it get here?
- Will it hatch?
- What is it made of?
Write your own Easter acrostic poem with this Easter acrostic template. Whether at school or at home, children will enjoy writing their own Easter poems. This is new and free for Easter this year.
Reading – caption books and sight words
Who am I at Easter? is an Easter-themed caption book suitable for use with emergent or beginning readers. The printable book is available in two versions: the Easter Bilby, and the Easter Bunny. The stories feature children who dress up as these characters for an Easter Parade. The repetitive text and use of sight words makes it an easy first reader.
This Easter word search is a fun way to have children practise recognising and reading sight words and Easter topic words.
Whose egg? – a logic puzzle engages children in reading for meaning as they interpret clues to work out which egg belongs to which person in which basket. It helps to develop logical thinking at the same time.
How to make a nutritious bunny breakfast is fun free easy recipe. Children read and follow the steps of the procedure and get to eat the bunny in the end.
Dragona’s Lost Egg While not specifically related to Easter, Dragona’s Lost Egg maintains the egg theme and involves children in logical thinking and problem-solving. It is an interactive digital story for use on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom or personal computer at home.
The story: Dragona has lost her egg and turns to her friend Artie, owner of a Lost and Found store, for help. Artie is confident of helping her as he has many eggs on his shelves. He asks Dragona to describe features of her egg, including size, shape, pattern, and colour. He uses a process of elimination to identify which egg might be Dragona’s.
Children join in the process by choosing eggs with the characteristic described. What is Dragona’s egg really like, and will Artie be able to help her find it?
Related activities supporting the resource include:
Which egg is mine? is an interactive digital resource to use on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom or personal computer at home. It can be used with any number of players and for any amount of time.
The game helps to develop logical thinking and descriptive mathematical language such as size, shape, colour and pattern.
The Egg cards (available on its own or included in Which egg is mine?) can be used to play the game independently of the interactive whiteboard. (Refer to information included with the cards for additional suggestions.)
With more than 20 Easter-themed lessons and activities in the collection, I’m sure you’ll agree there are many ways to keep the children learning while having fun with Easter activities, whether in the classroom or at home. There is no need to go searching through hundreds of repetitive worksheets. readilearn lessons and activities are written especially for use with children in the 5 – 7 age group with a focus on keeping the fun in learning.
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