A Wintery Mix of Snow-Themed Ideas and Activities for Home and School


With a Wintery Mix Coming Our Way, I'm ready to talk SNOW!


Do I love snow?  Not really...BUT...I absolutely do LOVE the first snowfall, which we are supposedly getting on Monday!! I love that snowed in feeling...looking out the window and catching a glimpse of the early morning sun encouraging the snow to sparkle and glisten like tiny diamonds all around.... the white snow dust that swirls across the landscape as the wind crackles!  YES! That part I LOVE!

There's one more...there is one thing that really excites me and that is perceiving the snow through the eyes of a child...the excitement and squeals of the snow falling.  Everyone running to the classroom windows to see the tiny bits of snow falling down from the clouds...that's what it is all about...they simply LOVE the snow!

So...Let's Talk SNOW...snow resources and activities to ignite that learning. 



⛄ Here's a Wintery Mix of Snow-Themed Ideas and Activities: 

⛄ Any Story written by Caralyn Buehner; especially her snowman series is worth reading to ignite your students' imagination and creativity!  My all time favorite is Snowmen at Night.


Everytime I read this story, I think of another idea of snowmen might just do at night and the ideas that students share amazes me everytime!

If you are looking for a way for your primary students to write creatively, this definitely fits the bill.

You can take a look at the complete resource here and see what you think!   


Here is what is included:  

⛄3 different sized circles to trace and cut to make a snowman. These can be used as tracers or simply run them off onto card stock, cut and glue. 


Various templates for hats, shirts, a tie, and bow 


⛄2 easy writing frames.


⛄1 longer writing frame for stronger writers with handwriting lines. 

⛄1 longer writing frame for stronger writers with only lines for writing. 


⛄1 planning sheet for jotting down ideas. 


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Beginning Middle and End frames for easier writing or just simply writing what the snowman may do for a rough draft and then writing a good copy to display. 

⛄I then add lots of beads, scraps, tissue, shape stickers, and all kinds of craft media materials to assist creativity. 


⛄An idea with an outline of directions for a lesson. 


⛄Sample craft. 


 ⛄  Want a Digital version of Snowmen at Night created for Google Slides™?  Simply click and add your name to my email list to receive this SNOWY Resource FREE!  


Ummmm...if you would rather pay for it, no worries, click here!

  

⛄ Have Some Fun with Snow Dough!


⛄  All kids love snow or at least most of them do...

If they have ever played in snow, they will remember the cold icy feeling of making a snowman, snow angel or snowball.

You can make snow dough with only 2 ingredients...YES...I did say 2.  Baking soda and water.  All you need is one cup of Baking soda and 1/4 cup of water and you will bring that cold snow right into your classroom.  

Here are a few ideas to use SNOW DOUGH in your classroom:


⛄Make it and simply let your kiddos play with it...this "snow" feels cold, which makes it even "cooler" to manipulate.  This is great for sensory needs and you can talk a little about Science!


⛄Create a snowman. Name the snowman and use a frame from the packet above or your own frame to write a story about your snowman.


Create a snow scene by adding small trucks, people, cars, houses etc.  Maybe even create a cooperative town!



Have you tried writing sight words in the SNOW?  


We have...this is with a mat underneath, but if you know it will be snowing, get out there and have some fun with your sight words...if you are a homeschooler...what a fun way to learn your words!!! Even in school, walk outside and grab a tray of snow and get writing!

 


    ⛄What about Some Fun and Easy Science Experiments for Home or School?

                                                   These fun experiments from igamemom are perfect!
     

        




    ⛄ You might also enjoy these ideas to make a snowy day a FUN DAY!   













    ⛄ Snowy Winter Station and Center Activities are Always a Great Idea


    I  love creating centers/stations that fit the seasons and that students can rotate through in a week or two.
    It gives me a chance to meet with Guided reading Groups or work one on one with students to meet individual needs of all students. Chatting about my ELA Centers/Stations is for another post, but if you are interested in some activities with a snowy theme, here are some that I used with much success!  It even includes a Reader's theater!




    I know things are a bit different this year,but I hope these ideas can be used somehow, some way with your students this year whether you are at school, homeschooling or virtual!

    If not...you can always save them until next year!

    I hope these ideas bring a little "SNOW"shine your way!   Thanks for stopping by!




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    100th Day of School Ideas for Home and School


    If you celebrate or want to celebrate the 100th Day of School, you will want to take a look at this post before you start to plan. It mentions some great ideas to use with your primary students. Don't wait too long...it will be here before you know it!

    I remember it so clearly...all the classes would line up in the hallway anticipating what was yet to come...jumping with excitement, whispering and bouncing and waiting impatiently for the Kindergarten 100th Day Celebration.

    My first graders would fall into a trance and chit chat about when they, too, had marched the halls to celebrate the 100th Day of School...and then...my firsties would hear a faint beat and slight echo of the music filling the halls...there would be more tapping feet, small jumps, giggles and excitement and they knew the parade was about to emerge at the end of OUR hallway!

    They stared intensely at the end of the hall and their whispers were focused on reminiscing about their 100th Day projects and what they did and how excited they felt!

    Now, they were big first graders and although we celebrated the 100th Day of School in first grade, somehow it was not the same...definitely not the same as Kindergarten, but tons of fun none the less!


    YES...it was always a day to remember in the halls of our school!

    I am thinking no mater what grade you teach, children love to celebrate the 100th Day of School.

    So, I thought it might be fun to share some tried and true ideas and activities to have a "FUN"tastic 100th Day of School with your kiddos.  Now...most of these ideas and activities were used in first and second grade, but I know how creative teachers are!

    I know you can adapt these ideas for other primary or even upper elementary! 


    🌟 Dress up for the Occasion:  

    On the 100th Dy of school it is a fun idea to dress up and act 100 years old...however you perceive that to be.  You can also have your students dress for the occasion.  I can tell you from experience that your class will LOVE it!      

    The last year of my career, we performed our roles so realistically that we appeared at a staff coffee in out costumes and spoke like we were at least 100 years old...asking our colleagues to repeat phrases etc. that we had everyone in an uproar...even our administration came to join in on the fun!  It was one of those great moments!

    🌟  Use some Resources Created for the 100th Day of School:

    I am sure you are already aware that Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) has a tremendous amount of resources that can be used to celebrate this special day!

    If you are looking for something easy and free for your preschoolers, Kinders or Firsties, this
    Free 100th Day Crown and Certificate will ensure your kiddos know that they are 100 Days Smarter!














    Another quick and easy resource is Let's Celebrate the 100th Day of School
    Here is what is included in this resource:

    ★ 100th Day Fun Mystery message Sheet.       

    ★ What Can you do in 100 Seconds Worksheet, which includes estimating and predicting.

    ★ 3 Writing Frames….If I had $100: I would love 100…and When I am 100 years Old I will…Plus another describing what it will be like to be 100 years old and a picture.

    ★ I can Write 100 Words.

    ★ I can read 100 Words based on the first 100 Fry Sight Words.

    ★ A worksheet to circle names for 100 and answer sheet.

    ★ An Award to give out for the day that states: You are 100 Days Smarter.


    Simply search 100th Day of School on Tpt and you will find a plethora of resources available for your grade level.

    🌟  Assign fun 100th Day Activities for Homework to Share in School:


    🌟  Create Some Fun Edtitable Snacks to Celebrate:

    There are so many sweet snacks out there, but I know my school district and others are trying to promote more healthy options...so ...with that in mind, I really like these snack ideas to celebrate!!

    🌟  Use a Fun "Old Age" app on your phone to make everyone look 100 Years old!

    I would always take a photo of each student, print them out, let them chat about how funny they look and then have them write about what it would be like to be 100 years old using this page from my resource above. Add the photo to the writing and use this as a bulletin board or hang outside the classroom.

    Here is a photo taken using the "Old Age" app on my iphone:
    UMMMMMM...I am not sure I want to post this...I think I better get a Botox treatment or maybe a few 100!

     I always enjoyed reading these frames.
    One child one year filled it in like this:

    My name is Grandpa Clark.
    I am 100 years old. I have chipped, yellow teeth and white hair.  I feel tired because I take naps all day long.
    I remember when I was a child I used to love to run.
    Now I just sit.

    I hope you have a great time celebrating 100th Day of School and perhaps you might be able to incorporate some of these ideas!!
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