Spring Animals Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

In this lesson plan, students will share the task of reading an informative text to learn about the impact that spring has on animals. They will then collaborate in discussion and role-playing to deepen their understanding of this impact.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain weather changes that occur in spring
  • Describe how spring impacts animals
  • Demonstrate, through role playing, an understanding of animal reactions to spring


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.


  • Hard copies of the text lesson Spring Facts: Lesson for Kids and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Large picture of the Earth during the Spring Equinox (such as that in the lesson)
  • Printed pictures of animals, one for each pair, including:
    • Bear
    • Bird
    • Dog
    • Horse
    • Bee


  • Review the order of seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring).
  • Ask your students what is special about spring.
  • Guide your students to discuss changes in the weather and the impact on plants and animals in spring.


  • Hand out hard copies of the text lesson.
  • Read the 'Introduction' and 'What Causes Spring?' sections of the text lesson to your students.
  • Use the large image of the Earth to illustrate the point when discussing the spring equinox.
  • Ask your students to underline the definition of spring equinox and its date.
  • Allow volunteers to read the 'Spring Weather' section of the text lesson.
  • Challenge your students to summarize this section in as few words as possible. Every student should write down a summary for the section. Then ask if anyone has summarized it in 1 word, 2 words, 3 words, etc. until someone responds. Allow that student to give his or her summary, and ask the class if all pertinent information is given.
  • Allow volunteers to read the 'Plants and Animals in the Spring' section of the text lesson.
  • Challenge your students to summarize this section in as few words as possible. Repeat the previous steps to find the student with the fewest words. If the summary is found lacking, allow others to offer their summaries. Discuss what makes a good summary.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your class.

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