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March winds comes in like a Lion and Go out like a Lamb!

Updated on January 14, 2015

Lions and Lambs: a Windy March Unit Study

You remember the old weather saying March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb!. The winds of March encourage an exploration of contrasts. From fierce gales to gentle breezes, pelting rains to soft mist. March is the time of transition from winter to spring.


Lions and lambs also invite comparison. Lions are called the king of beasts, the predators at the top of the food chain. Lambs blindly follow the herd and can easily become the lion's prey.


Using this theme of contrast lions and lambs will unite this Unit Study as we learn to read, write, understand numbers, sing, play and explore Lions and Lambs.

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Lion and Lamb Language Arts

Lion and Lamb Poems

Sketch of a Roaring Lion
Sketch of a Roaring Lion | Source

March - Lion and Lamb (poem) by Joyce P. Hale

MARCH has tumbled on the scene, exits mild, but enters mean...

Winter waves a fierce goodbye, while robins promise Spring is nigh.

Daffodils are peeking through... forsythia is budding, too.

Clouds are racing, sun is cool, in like a lion is the rule

Thank you Joyce for permission to reprint the following poem about the windy March weather.

You might copy and laminate pictures of the animals and other things found in this poem and ask the children to attach them to the words that they represent. Once most of the children are able to find the words, this can be used as an independent learning center where children match pictures of words with the words in the poem. Write the words on the back of the pictures for self checking. Be sure to laminate the picture cards for durability.

You also might consider making posters of other March poems. Mrs. Jones - Raps, Chants and Songs about The Months includes songs, rhymes, and raps about the months of the year and links to other sites about the months. Includes several good poems about the lions and lambs of March.

Lion and Lamb Math

Lions in the Sheep Pasture - Math Workjobs

A green placemat or a piece of green felt glued onto coverstock works well as a pasture.

Lima Beans make wonderful lions and lambs. The Lima Beans are spray painted yellow on one side and left to dry. Features can be added with black permanent marker once the paint has dried. Hairspray works as a fixative.

The ones on the yellow side are lions and the ones on the white side are the lambs.

Shake the lions and lambs. Make addition problems like 2 lions plus 3 lambs equals 5 animals.

Variation: Make black and white sheep instead of lions.

Lion and Lamb Social Studies

How can the lions and lambs learn to play and work together?

March is a wonderful time to explore the theme of friendship, getting to know new people in the neighborhood, and how to make friends. Explore the differences and similarities in people you know. Think of people you like to work with in different situations. Brainstorm ways of asking others to work with you in different situations. When you first meet a person do you act like a lion or a lamb? How does that effect the way the other person feels about you?

You might start this conversation during Morning Meeting. How could you extend this theme throughout the month of March?

Lion and Lamb Science

Comparing Lions and Lambs - The Predator and the Prey

Peace On Earth
Peace On Earth | Source

Comparing Lions and Lambs

When you compare a lions teeth with that of the sheep or the claws of the lion compared to the hooves of the sheep, how has each species adapted to it's role as a predator or prey?

Ask one of the children to bring in a pet cat. Gently examine the body of a feline. Look at it's claws, teeth, and position of it's eyes. Watch the way it moves around the room.

Then go to a farm or petting zoo and examine a sheep.

Make notes on the similarities and differences.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

March comes in with a roar.

He rattles your windows

and scratches at your door.

The lion blows into the house with muddy footprints and a swirling snowflakes. Loud and wild and lion-like is the wind that howls through the house. Then with a sneeze the lion settles down to sleep while the gentle breezes of the lamb bring springtime glowers, sunshine and baby animals. A beautiful use of imagination as the lion enters the house and then is followed by a lion each of whom represent the winds of March.

Go outside and feel the wind on your cheeks. Who is sending the wind today? Is it the lion or the lamb? Ask the children to roar or bleat depending on the kind of wind they feel. Add a pictograph to your weather chart to represent the way the wind feels each day in March.

Month of Changing Winds - Windy Days around the World

Walking in the Wind
Walking in the Wind | Source

Month of Changing Winds

In North America we see these changing winds in March but in Australia they are felt in August. Which month do you notice the most changing winds where you live?

When do the winds blow like lions and then lambs?

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The stormy March has come at last,

With winds and clouds and changing skies; I hear the rushing of the blast That through the snowy valley flies. -- by William Cullen Bryant

Poetry of Changing Winds

Begin a collection of poems about the changing winds. Students can search of poems about wind as well as write their own original poetry.

Throughout the month of March I like to read poems about the wind and the changing weather comparing these descriptions to our contrasting theme of lions and lambs. Each time we stumble upon a new poem we read it several times and then discuss our feelings about the poem noting whether the poem describes a gentle breeze or a roaring lion-like gale.

We keep these poems in a three ring binder in plastic sleeves. Children are allowed to remove individual poems to take to their seats if they wish to reread them or use them as reference to spell words when writing their own poems.

Lion and Lamb Art

March Quilt - March Lion and Lamb Quilt

March Lion and Lamb Quilt
March Lion and Lamb Quilt

Give your children scraps of cloth and show them how to draw, trace and cut out pieces to create a March Lion and Lamb Quilt. If your children have a difficult time cutting cloth, you might try the same technique with paper. For younger children, make a template that the children can use to trace around and then cut out.

Lion and Lamb Craft Projects

Art projects and crafts for decorating your classroom can become learning experiences for your children. Here are a few delightful projects to brighten your classroom with artwork emphasizing this month's theme: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb!

Would you rather dress up as a lion or lamb for Halloween?

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Lion and Lamb Health and Fitness

Tag games with Lions and Lambs

Run like the winds of March!

Gather a group of children. One child is picked to be the first lion. All the others are sheep. As the lion tags a sheep it becomes a lion. The game ends when all the sheep have become lions.

March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb!

Lions and Lambs

The lions and lambs represent the extremes of weather that are experienced as seasons change.

Tell us all about the lions and lambs you have discovered in the winds of March...

Roar about Lions - Bleat about Lambs

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I adore cats of all kinds, so lions are a favorite!

      As a Christian the lion and the lamb holds special symbolism. Jesus is both he Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb that was slain.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You wouldn't mind me rolling this to Creative Easter Resources, right?! ;) Good job Evelyn!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lions and lambs. But I have to say that our March came in like a lion and left like a lion.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was thinking the same thing that Jimmie said, the Lion and the Lamb hold such special meaning to me too. Great lesson. 5*****

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Another great lens Evelyn, love lions!

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      Fit_Over_40_Buzz 6 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. In Aus its August when these winds come and go. Hope the weather is kind to you at the moment. Top marks.

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      A lovely lens. Very informative.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Such a lovely lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic lens. Great work.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i love the cuddly lamb! SIMPLY ADORABLE! cheers

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      what a clever and brilliant lens. Thanks for a lovely read.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      In second grade I started a new school in February. One of my earliest memories of this school is a bulletin board on the staircase that said, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." It must have made quite an impression, because I have few memories of this school at all. I only attended from mid-February until May. Why this phrase stuck with me all these years, I have no idea. As always, your lens is wonderful!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I love this saying and spirit of March. Great lens!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      It wouldn't be springtime without the winds. We have our share in my neck of the woods.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Such a cute lens. Came from Pinterest.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Wow, very cleaverly done. I came from Pinterest too.

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      anando 5 years ago

      Wow interesting lines

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      So creative; and I really loved the toad eggs!

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Yes I like reading this lens a lot .. Nominated it for lotd .. Best wishes :)

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      bookmarkme 4 years ago

      love this fun lens, well done

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      This is such a cute, fun, creative study theme idea!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Roar. Sigh. : )

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