Welcome Spring! Springtime Centers & Freebies

We have been hard at work in our classroom, both in Math Centers and Word Work during Daily 5, with our Springtime Centers. I wanted to give you a quick overview of both below. They are currently available in my TpT Store HERE or in my new Teachers Notebook (TN) Store HERE.

Here are a few of my kids working on the Word Work Centers:

Making 2,3,4,5, and 6+ letter words

Alphabetizing spring-themed words & sorting them into nouns, verbs, and adjectives

Making words with a prefix, suffix, and both- editable cards included for you to add your own, too!
I love a few things about all of these centers. Most importantly, they are similar in several ways to my other seasonal Word Work centers (Making Words, ABC Order, and Parts of Speech Sort), but the words have completely changed, so it's easy to have kids working independently while still staying challenged.

I organize the 36 spring-themed words into answer keys for the students to use as they work on ABC Order and Parts of Speech Sort:
ABC Order- cards numbered for self-checking on the back
Parts of Speech- cards labeled A (adjective), N (noun), or V (verb) 
The kids have also been loving the different Math Centers:

This packet practices area, perimeter, fractions, multi-digit addition & subtraction, adding money, and making change for $10. Lots and lots of practice! Be sure to download the preview :)

I also have them using a new version of Multiplication Roll & Cover for Spring. This is available for FREE in my TpT Store:

We have also updated our class RACK Bucket and RACK Trackers. Instead of "Random Acts of Classroom Kindness" we adjusted the name a bit to "Random Acts to Cultivate Kindness" and talked all about how one act of kindness can help grow more and more acts of kindness throughout our class, our school, and our community.

We worked on this the week before break (like our RACK Week before Winter Break) and I lovelovelove having the kids focus on being caring and compassionate instead of the craziness Spring Fever that typically rules our mood this time of year :) :)

Click the image above to download the new bucket label & RACK Tracker from Google Docs.

Happy Spring!


  1. Stephanie......explain RACK to me, please. How does it work?? I would love to use it =)


    1. Hi Mandi,

      I {love!} RACK and I know you will, too! It's such a wonderful way to build community and kindness :) We did a big RACK Week around the holidays and I posted all about it here: http://www.3rdgradethoughts.com/search/label/RACK.

      Hope that helps and enjoy!

  2. Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for the roll and cover games, my kids have loved playing them!