Winter is on the horizon. Even though it’s not quite here yet, it feels like it, doesn’t it?
Here in Canada, we start thinking about winter after Remembrance Day on November 11th and continue with it until the end of February. This is because it’s so dark and cold outside.
The focus is on winter today instead of Christmas because depending on your school and the types of you students you have in your class, many of your students may not celebrate Christmas but everyone can still enjoy celebrating the Winter Solstice. You can do so in the following ways.
#1. Play Based
Have some fun with your students because they are going to need constant breaks during this time. While you can do the following activity outside, I prefer to do it inside because we get a good amount of snow and I don’t want my students slipping.
Take some paper and crumple them up. Give each student 1-2 crumpled pieces of paper. Have them stand around the room. When you say go, they get to throw the paper at each other like a snowball fight. They can grab new ones from the floor to continue throwing at each other.
To make this educational, if you’re learning new terms in biology or sight words in the primary grades, write them on the paper. The paper that they have at the end when you stop the game is theirs to keep. They’ll take it to their desk, learn the meaning of the word and how to use it in a sentence. They can share their learning in a small group setting. This can also be a fun way to review learned concepts before a quiz.
#2. Literacy Based
Just because it’s getting close to the winter break, you don’t have to stop working on your curriculum entirely. You can still develop your students’ writing skills with the following picture writing prompts. These prompts are designed for your students to let their imagination soar. CLICK HERE or click the image below to download your copy.
#3. Project Based
Immerse your children in project based learning because not only is it engaging for students but it also develops the following skills:
- Academic, like reading and writing.
- Real Life, like planning and developing.
The following resource will allow you to slow down and deal with constant interruptions that take place at this time of the year, while engaging your students in concept of winter.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The reasons why we engage children in winter activities.
- Three exciting winter activities for students in school: play based, literacy based, and project based.
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Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.