Teaching the four seasons is fun and easy to do. Your students already know the four seasons naturally, but they can learn more about them by doing the fun and simple activities below.
To teach your students about the seasons and why there are seasons, you can do the following activities:
1. For younger students in grades 1-2, you can draw four large squares on a sheet of paper (which can be done by drawing a vertical line and horizontal straight down the middle of a sheet of 3’x3′ paper). On the first square, located at the top left-hand corner, ask your students in what season flowers bloom, many animals are born, and warm days come. When they say, “Spring,” have one student draw what spring is like. Continue to do this for the other three seasons.
2. After your students have completed the season chart, you can start talking about each season. Ask each student what he or she likes to do during each season. Then, have students ask each other what they like to do with friends during each season. This encourages communication with others and the introduction of differing ideas.
3. Draw these squares again on smaller sheets of paper. Give one sheet to each student. Now, have each student draw a season in each square, but not in order. Then, have your students partner up in pairs. Each partner will try to identify each season and describe the season.
4. Now, you can tell your students why there are seasons. Most students in America have the misconception that summer is summer because the Earth is closer to the Sun, and winter is winter because the Earth is farther away from the Sun. However, these ideas are not true. The seasons occur simply because of the Earth’s tilt. Teaching your students this early on in their academic career can save them a whole lot of trouble later on.
5. Make the seasons come alive. Go outside and conduct class one time in each season. Ask your students, “How are seasons different in other parts of the world?” Are the seasons the same everywhere, or are they flip-flopped? Ask them why this is so. This exercise can help students realize how different the world is, even when it comes to seasons.
Completing all of these activities with your students is sure to teach them all about the seasons.