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      Winter Teaching Theme



Snow-Themed eBooks:
Snowmen: Literacy and Math Fun!


Snow Mini-Books: Printable Emergent Readers





Lesson Introduction


We had a "mystery bag" and we had to guess what was in it. Hmmm, it must have been a snowman that melted because the girl has the carrot nose and the boy has a button. This was our introduction to learning about the winter season.




He even found a piece of ice in the bag from the snowman.


Melt-an-Ice Cube Game







This idea came from Barb on the chatboard. Each child had an ice cube on his plate. (I'd recommend small cubes for the game.) Each child rolls a die in turn and follows the directions to try to be the first one to melt his cube. From this Ice Cube game the children learn that salt, warm water, warm air and warm hands help ice melt faster. (They also learned that ice feels really cold!)


They loved this game!  Click here to print out the Melt-an-Ice Cube Game.


Rolling a 3 means you have to blow on the cube for 10 seconds.


A 5 calls for putting 10 shakes of salt on the cube.



Rolling a 6 means you have to float your cube in water for 10 seconds.

Rolling a 1 meant you had to hold your cube for 10 seconds to try to melt it faster. A 4 meant you could drop your cube and try to break it into smaller pieces so it would melt more quickly. But this poor child rolled a 2--oh, oh! A 2 meant you had to put the cube down your shirt--that was just for extra fun.


  Animals in Winter


Click the link above for information on Hibernation (including Hibernation Day), Migration, and animals that stay active during the winter months.





We wore costume cards (or you could make headbands) of the characters from Jan Brett's "The Mitten". The children crawled into a pretend mitten (on the right). These cards can be found on Jan Brett's website:


There is also a mitten and animal characters for the children to color:

Sight words were written on two mittens and children matched them during a game.




This is a phonemic awareness activity from CTP's book and CD Winter Phonemic Awareness.

You play the tune The Farmer in the Dell and sing:,

The mole is in the mitten
The mole is in the mitten
Me Mi Ma merry o
The mole is in the mitten

The rabbit is in the mitten
The rabbit is in the mitten
Re Ri Ra Rerry o
The rabbit is in the mitten

The bear is in the mitten
The bear is in the mitten
Be Bi Ba Berry o
The bear is in the mitten

...continue with all the animals




We made a snowman by gluing a large and small paper plate together. Yarn was taped to the back of the plate to attach the bunny. We used this snowman to act out the rhyme "A Chubby Little Snowman." The rhyme was glued to the snowman's tummy.


The Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman

Had a carrot nose.

Along came a bunny

And what do you suppose?

That hungry little rabbit

Looking for his lunch

Ate that little snowman's nose...

Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!






We had a snowball fight. I wrote sight words on paper and crumpled them up. The kids threw them back and forth and, after about 30 seconds, I had them open them and read the words. We did this several times. I saved these snowballs and we had another fight in June.




Maureen Tumenas from Kinderkorner graciously offered to share her winter-related books on my website. Even though the pages aren't numbered, they are designed to be printed back to back, placed on top of each other and then folded in half. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open both books.

My Snowman

Snowman, Snowman

This is a book relating to the 5 senses in the Brown Bear type of pattern.

This Igloo game mat was created by Sherry on the Kinderkorner chatboard.  Put a marshmallow (or white pompom on each block of the igloo for each flashcard that was read.


After these snowmen were fingerpainted the students wrote a sentence describing their snowman.









These are storyboard from Box It or Bag It math, the one on the left for polar bears and the one above for penguins. The manipulatives are painted lima beans.








Miniature marshmallows were used as pretend snowballs to compare sets on this sledding work mat .






Using pattern blocks to make winter pictures





Playing the Roll A Snowman Game



Concentration game matching pictures of Jan Brett characters from "The Mitten"

Use snowman erasers to cover the mittens as a die is rolled and the dots are counted. Thanks to Marcia for this mitten math mat:

That's a 12 written in the upper left corner. First a snowman is stamped. Then 12 snowflakes are stamped. Numbers can be written in the centers of the flakes.

These students are stacking cubes on mittens. Then they get to sneeze (just like the bear in "The Mitten") and blow the cubes down.



This snowflake headband features fun foam snowflakes in an AB pattern.


These snowmen are taped to large craft sticks. Initial sound pictures were printed on them. They are "stuck" into a few bags of small beans inside the tub. This makes them stay upright. It's self-checking because the initial sound letter is written on the bottom of the stick (which can't be seen through the beans.) The children say the name of the picture, pull it out and check to see if they were correct.

These snowman puzzles have the initial letter written on the hats. The children find a medium and large ball with pictures to match the beginning sound.


Matching sentence strips by color  to order and copy sentences.


This is difficult to see, but animal footprints have been pressed into Crayola model magic to look like footprints in the snow. These footprint impressions can also be placed under paper and rubbed with the side of a crayon to make the footprint.


Match capital and lower case letters by placing  bow ties on penguins.







These snowmen and the snowflake below are from TLC Art's Winter book.




These Eskimo locker decorations were copied on cardstock A small cupcake paper was glued on the head and a circular picture was glued inside. They were trimmed with cotton balls the children stretched to fit. This idea came from Linda Critchell:




A paper plate was covered with foil for the background. Sugar cubes are the iceberg and a toothpick cut in half served as this walrus's tusks,


This snowman windsock pattern was in the Mailbox magazine, but it could be easily duplicated. Hold a  9"X 12" piece of white construction paper horizontally. Color approximately a 2 1/2" black band across the top. Draw a face and buttons in the center. Cut a slit in both side of the black to make the hat base that sticks out. Fold into a cylinder and staple or glue. Add colorful rainbow streamers.






Camouflage was demonstrated by finding a place to "hide" an Ellison cut polar bear.



A frosted oreo, miniature marshmallows, brown M&Ms and a raisin created this edible polar bear .

Snowman on a Stick



kebob skewers, marshmallows, fruit roll-ups, mint cookies, Rollos candy, icing and gel icing.


Thread the Rollo, cookie, and the marshmallows on the skewer. Between the top two marshmallows,  wrap a fruit roll-up strip for the scarf. Icing keeps the hat pieces together. They may need help  with the gel icing  details for the face and buttons.



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