Are you looking for something fun to do with your students in Spring or around Easter? This fun Peep Day Unit can be spread throughout the week or done in one fun-themed day. I like to have a Peep Day the last day before Spring Break.
Peep Day Setup
I start by gathering different kinds of Peep candies. We use them for several different things that day so I need various colors. There are bunnies and chicks to choose from. I prefer to stick with the chicks but both work just fine.
The night before I set up all of the activities in tubs as shown above. There are various math, writing, and word work activities to choose from. I also hang a Peep Day sign and place the center cards around the room.
Peep Day Reading Comprehension
In the morning we begin by listening to the story, “Max the Bunny” that I wrote. The printable mini-book is included as well as several comprehension activities for author’s purpose, sequencing, and more. This story has a very clear message about leaving others out of activities based on their color. And of course, peeps are the main characters!
We also read “Peep and Egg” by Laura Gehl. There are comprehension and writing activities included for sharing this story with your students, too.
Peep Day Centers
Next, we start our center rotations. In the morning we do math activities and in the afternoon we do word work activities.
For math centers, students work on building a number using place value cards. There are different color mats that match the cards so you can have more than one of each and they won’t get mixed together.
Students also practice collecting data using a tally, bar, and picture graph.
There is also a fun math game where they spin and move up and back on the game board and a roll-n-play game board.
Here is a peek at a few of the Peep Day word work activities including ABC order, syllables, word search, word sort, synonyms, antonyms, compound words, CVCE, and long or short vowels.
Then in the afternoon, we move on to word work activities. We practice synonyms, antonyms, and compound words using these colorful cards.
There are also activities that are less prep such as the ones below. There is a double ee picture sort, alphabetizing, syllables, a word search, and more.
During this rotation, students also make a nest, adopt a peep and then weigh their Peep. They make a little certificate to go with their Peep.
Peep Day Freebie
After the math rotation, we complete this fun activity in whole group. This is a freebie at my store and you can grab it here! I make a basket of Peeps with various colors. We collect data using tallies and a bar graph. Then we complete some addition problems and work on fractions together. We do this together because, at this point, we aren’t independent with fractions yet.
My students love this fun day because they get to work together, collaborate, move around the room, and review skills they already learned. If you are looking for something different and fun, you will love Peep Day!
I’m Megan, a first grade teacher and a mother to 7 amazing children. I love to create and collaborate with teachers. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, baking and playing tennis.