Browse these winter-themed, ready-to-use lesson plans and teaching ideas that cover a range of subjects, skills, and grade levels.
- Listen to a read aloud
- Sort, organize, and draw conclusions about data using concrete objects and graphs
- Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
- New shower curtain liner
- Colored masking tape
- Pairs of children's mittens, at least one pair per student
- Optional: Large graph paper
- Optional: Markers
- Ahead of time, spread out the curtain liner on the floor and use the masking tape to create a large grid. The liner will function as a large piece of graph paper. Be certain the squares are big enough to fit a mitten.
- Students enjoy seeing the collection of colorful mittens, and enjoy even more donating the mittens to children in need. If you want to collect mittens for donation, you may want to send home a letter asking parents to send in a pair of new mittens. If you really want to make an impact, ask your principal if your request can go into the school newsletter, or team up with another class to collect mittens. There may be some people in your community who would be willing to knit mittens if asked. See if your local newspaper will cover your project. The additional press is sure to help your cause. Our local newspaper, The Recorder, sponsors a program called Warm the Children.
Step 1: Read Snowballs aloud to the class. As you read, point out the different items used for the snow people's winter clothing.
Step 2: Lead a class discussion about winter clothing. End the conversation by talking about mittens.
Step 3: Spread out the shower curtain graph and gather students in a semi-circle. Have students take turns placing their mittens on the graph, sorting by details like color, size, design, etc.
Optional: Use a large sheet of graph paper to record and label one or all of the student-generated graphs.
- Have students create corresponding construction paper mittens to use in their own graph or in a patterning activity.
- Have older students use graph paper to create graphs based on the mittens.
Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework
Students will collect, sort, organize, and draw conclusions about data using concrete objects, pictures, numbers, and graphs.