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 and the harsh conditions of the Arctic. They’ll learn 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.
During the coldest weeks of winter, students can hypothesize how long it will take a snowman to melt inside with this fun science activity.
After reading aloud The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, introduce a snowy day center with a three-step project.
In this activity, students collect mittens for a graphing activity and then donate them to a local organization.
Combine science and poetry in this lesson that explores snow.
Use this snow-tracking activity to study winter weather in your town. The accompanying mini-play makes a perfect indoor theater project.
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.
Science activities bring animal adaptations to life in your classroom.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books about animals that hibernate will help your students understand how animals survive cold winter months.
This short and engaging play about hibernation will motivate students to read and practice their lines and to experiment with key aspects of fluent reading, such as phrasing, pacing, and expression.
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.
Through various online activities, students get an inside look at the annual 1,100-mile dogsled race across Alaska’s windswept tundra.
Children play with ice and toy animals while learning about cold-weather climates, a great way to cool off on a summer day.
Find entertaining and educational books about the quirky species in this book list of fiction and nonfiction books for students in PreK through grade 5.
Use Top Teaching Blogger Brian Smith's favorite penguin books, fun facts, classroom activities, and student projects to achieve Common Core objectives in your kindergarten classroom.
Discover More: Penguins provides an opportunity for class discussions about animal adaptation, main idea and details, and science content-area vocabulary. Activities include penguin fact sheets, penguin graphs, and presentations based on research and creative projects.
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.
Crafts and Other Indoor Activities
Revive students' energy and keep them motivated to learn with these get-active ideas.
“Greater than,” “less than,” and “equal to” can be tough concepts for students to master. But not with these winter-themed games!
Celebrate the holiday season with these craft ideas for Kwanzaa wreaths, reindeer puppets, snowmen ornaments, and more!
Decorations for the Classroom
Dress up your classroom for the holidays, make a seasonal bulletin board, or personalize school-to-home communication with these 17 free clip-art illustrations.
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Just click and print: Dress up your bulletin boards and school-to-home communications with these clip art images for winter, Presidents' Day, Valentine's Day, and Groundhog's Day.