Here are a few green ideas to chat about with your kids this month. Use these family literacy talk topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or anytime!
- Brainstorm books that would be great to read in March. After you read them, talk about why they’re excellent March selections. Do you think the authors meant for these books to be read at this time of the year? Would they work for other times as well? What kind of a March book would you like to write?
- Pretend to be the author of a book set in Ireland. How would you introduce the setting? What descriptive words and phrases would you use? How would you convey what it feels like to be in that setting? How might the characters be affected by the setting?
- Check out some Irish sayings or limericks. Talk about what they mean, and then make up some of your own.
- Take a walk outside and brainstorm words to describe your surroundings. Describe how it feels, looks, smells and sounds. How has it changed since January?
- Discuss what you know about March Madness, Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick’s Day or spring. If you were going to write a book about one of those topics, what would you write as the first sentence? What would be the main idea? Which details would you use to support your main idea?
- Brainstorm some great “March words” and talk about how you could use them this month. For example, try using the word verdant!
- Take turns giving step-by-step directions explaining how to catch a leprechaun.
- Talk through the steps involved in making green eggs and ham. Then make it!
- Take turns giving clues to describe a lucky event or object. Clues should go from general to detailed. See if your partner can guess correctly in three clues or less.
- List words that rhyme with spring words like grow, green, bloom… Discuss the spelling of the rhyming words. Do you see a pattern?
For more March literacy fun, grab a Make Your Own Good Luck pack, available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. And you’re in luck! It’s half off until St. Paddy’s Day in honor of my Irish great-grandfather! 🙂