SCIENCE: The Seasons
Today we know that the seasons are caused by the earth's rotation around the sun. Winter begins with the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, and it ends with the vernal equinox, which ushers in spring. Ask students to make a list of five things that occur when winter comes and five things for spring.
ART: Imaginary Creatures
In our book we have been introduced to fauns, ogres, centaurs, and minotaurs. Go over the characteristics and definitions of each type of being and then have the children draw or paint a picture of each type. Ask them to label their creatures. Have them invent a creature of their own and make a name for it.
WRITING: Character Sketches
Invite students to write a paragraph about the creature they have made up. They should make up an individual who has a name and a personality, like the faun Mr. Tumnus. Question: What is your creature's favorite season and why?