Escape icy winds and snowstorms with these cool lessons.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
As temperatures drop, encourage your students' curiosity about the changing seasons. The activities below will inform your students of the wonders of snow, the harsh conditions of the Arctic, how animals cope with the winter hardships, how to report the weather, and more.
All About Snow
Use Clifford the Big Red Dog to teach children about seasonal concepts through reading, expressive language, and art.
Students will create their own snow globes after reading about the little family that lives inside one in The Snow Globe Family.
After reading aloud The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, introduce a snowy day center with a three-step project.
Children create their own snowmen and observe how long it takes for the snow to melt inside the classroom.
Animals and Hibernation
Explore the strange and secret worlds of animals’ winter habitats with activities that reinforce skills across the curriculum.
Students research an animal's winter habitat through early reading and learn a list of vocabulary words in the process.
Hibernation provides an opportunity to discuss seasonal changes and vocabulary related to hibernation. Additional activities include observing animals in your own community.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books about animals that hibernate will help your students understand how animals survive cold winter months.
Take your students on an imaginary expedition to the Arctic tundra, a frozen desert ecosystem.
Join the Magic School Bus kids as they discover how heat flows from hotter to colder things and find ways to keep the heat in!
Find out how arctic foxes flourish in a land where few animals survive. This brief story features text, audio, and photos of foxes with their kits.
Students will break into groups to write research reports about Arctic animals and their habitats.
Reading activities, time lines, experiments, and first-hand accounts give students a comprehensive look at winter storms.
In this lesson, students analyze various weather conditions and create first-person reports from the eye of a storm!
Students learn about winter weather through scientific investigation, vocabulary lessons, and poetry writing in this unit plan.
Students learn to track temperatures, research winter animals, and create a winter word wall that they can use as a reference tool.
Investigate how weather is made and then make a snowstorm by manipulating temperature and humidity.
Students use language, creative thinking, and social skills to create a class mural based on the book When Winter Comes.