Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden Activities

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden activities engage students in writing and speaking skills as they reflect on the school year. The diverse set of activities are great for differentiated instruction, and support English Language Arts. 


Give students a fond farewell at the end of the school year with Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden activities. These low and no-prep activities engage students in English Language Arts skills as they alphabetize, compare and contrast, and proofread. They’ll also create their own thank you notes as they reflect on all of the ways their teacher has helped them learn and grow over the school year. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • trace words and sentences.
  • illustrate ideas.
  • complete word searches.
  • write descriptive words.
  • review character traits.
  • compare and contrast.
  • alphabetize words.
  • sort parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions.
  • write and proofread sentences.
  • respond to writing prompts.
  • sort figurative language.
  • analyze a story quote.
  • apply fine motor skills: cut, color, glue.
  • practice discussion skills: discussion prompts included.
  • practice writing skills: writing prompts included, writing templates.
  • visualize a garden.
  • draw a flower with a directed drawing activity.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Mrs. Spitzer is wise and knows many things. She knows about gardens, children, and how similar both are. She knows how to help them flourish with a little love. Many teachers are just like Mrs. Spitzer, making this the perfect teacher appreciation gift. 💙All book activities are included with a premium subscription. Subscribe today for immediate access! After subscribing you’ll receive an email with directions to access the activities! 

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