Looking for some fun and easy ways to incorporate all the things winter, into your classroom? Whether you are teaching an entire winter unit or just want to add some snowy vibes to your daily activities, here are 5 winter books for kids and teaching activities your students will love!
Teaching about winter in the classroom is a great way to help your students develop an appreciation for nature and the changing seasons. Snowflakes, dipping temperatures, bundling up and animals hibernating, so many interesting and relevant things to learn about!
5 WINTER BOOKS FOR KIDS
And what better place to start than with picture books! They provide lots of opportunities for children to develop their language and literacy skills, all around the topic of winter. Build new vocabulary, background knowledge and oral language skills through listening and discussion. Here are 5 books that are great for winter!
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin. This simple and sweet story about bundling up to go out in the winter is very relatable! A great book to read when discussing what we wear in winter to keep warm.
A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba. This picture book is about looking at a gray winter day in a new way! Filled with descriptive language and a positive outlook this story is great for talking about growth mindset and colors.
Some Snow is… by Ellen Yeomans. From the first flakes of snow until the melting snow of spring this delightful story describes the white fluffy stuff in all its many forms. Snowball, sledding and even… yellow snow are all described with a simple, repetitive text.
Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss. This story follows a child and his grandmother on a winter walk through the woods. The grandmother explains how the different animals have gone to sleep for the winter. This is a great book to introduce the concept of hibernation through both the story and and the informational text included at the end.
Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer. Not all animals do the same thing in the winter. This is what Fox discovers when he asks his forest friends what to do as winter arrives. This book combines factual information with a sweet story of how not everyone is the same and finding your own way.
5 WINTER TEACHING ACTIVITIES
Follow up a winter read-aloud with a math or literacy activity. Here are 5 teaching activities that are just-right for winter!
ABC Match – Students practice identifying and printing the matching lowercase letters on this worksheet. The mitten theme makes it a just right winter activity.
It is Winter! Writing – Students write what they have learned about winter using their five senses. This could be a follow up to a specific picture book or a more general winter activity. Brainstorming ideas as a group on chart paper first might be helpful with younger students.
Sentence Scrambles – These winter themed sentence scrambles make a great follow up to a read aloud. There are 3 to choose from with a variety of winter topics. Students unscramble the sentence, print the sentence and write their own sentence… working on a ton of literacy skills.
Color a Pattern – Staying cozy and warm in the winter is the theme of many winter books. Have students color these 3 scarves and practice making different kinds of patterns. TIP: Have your students look through picture books to find some winter patterns.
Snowball Count – Working on the numbers to 20? This snowball counting worksheet would be a great math followup activity.
All these winter activities and more can be found in my Winter Printable Pack. This resource is filled with winter math and literacy printables that are prep free. Not only are the activities easy to use but the set includes differentiated options for many of the activities. Great for a winter read-aloud follow up, morning work, sub plans, fast finishers and more!
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