Spring Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Spring is one of the four seasons that is best known for the relief that it brings everyone from the cold winter! Learn about what causes spring, springtime weather and what animals and plants do during the season.

What Causes Spring?

Fresh breeze, blooming flowers, warmer days...is this enough to put a little 'spring' in your step? Spring is one of the four seasons on Earth. Just like the other three seasons, spring is caused by the tilt in the Earth's axis. It is spring when the Earth is not tilted towards or away from the Sun, so both the northern and southern hemisphere receive equal sunlight and equal hours of day and night.

The Spring and Autumn Equinox pictures are both on the left where the Earth is not titled towards to away from the Sun
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The first official day of spring is called spring equinox, also referred to as the vernal equinox. Spring equinox usually takes place on March 20th, and there are exactly 12 hours of daytime and 12 hours of nighttime. From this day forward, the sun will continue to rise higher in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere, getting closer and closer to summer; the sun will continue to sink lower in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere as they get closer to winter.

Spring Weather

The annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
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The weather in springtime depends on where you live. They say that 'April showers bring May flowers' because of the common increased rainfall during this season, and hurricane season and tornado season also take place in some areas during the spring. This is because warm air is moving in from the equator and cool air is moving in from the North and South poles.

It is difficult to predict when the cold winter weather will end and warmer weather will start, and it is different from year to year. On February 2nd, we celebrate Groundhog Day when a groundhog predicts when the cold weather will end based on whether or not it sees its shadow. Sometimes the groundhog is wrong and sometimes it is correct - the groundhog's prediction should not be taken as fact, as it is just a fun tradition! Flooding is also common during the spring due to the melting of the winter snow.

Plants and Animals in the Spring

Fingers covered in pollen
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