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~Snow Theme~


We read The Snowy Day by Ezra jack Keats.

I'm a little snow person,
Short and fat.
Here are my buttons,
Here is my hat.
When the sun comes out,
I cannot stay.
Slowly I just melt away!


One little, two little, three little snowflakes,
four little, five little, six little snowflakes,
seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes,
ten little snowflakes falling down!




We read Stranger in the Woods. Students get to make their own snowman out of construction paper. Students rip construction paper to make their snowman. This is great for strengthening fine motor skills. 

Pass the Ice Cube.
(Tune: Row Row Row Your Boat)

Pass, Pass, Pass the Ice Cube
Pass it very fast.
Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass
How long will it last?

 Sit in a circle and pass two ice cubes around as you sing the song.  The children will  learn their body heat melts the ice cube! The students have a great time!


We measure snowmen!




We make snowmen using different shapes. We use popsicle sticks for the snowman's arms.



We make snowflakes! These snowflakes decorate our classroom through the winter months. SO CUTE!


Students make 3D shapes and diagrams
using snowballs (marshmallows) and
toothpicks! The students get very creative!


Students play Mitten Memory at the Puzzle Center!



Students stamp snowballs at the ABC center!



Students lace a mitten and color The Mitten
characters. I send these mittens home with the students
to encourage the students to retell the story to their families! 


We estimate snowballs!
(small marshmallows)



We add snowballs to mittens to practice addition! When we finish using our  manipulatives, students get to eat their snowballs!   



Five Little Snowmen
(To the tune of: Six Little Ducks )

5 little snowmen went out to play
Over the hills and far away.
Out came the sun and melted one and
4 little snowmen came back that day.

(Repeat until you get to 0)

0 little snowmen went out to play
Over the hills and far away.
But soon the winter cold came back and
5  little snowmen came back that day.


Have a class snowball fight! I write letters on paper...we crumple them up and throw them around. When the music stops...the students find a snowball, open it up, and read the letter! For my students that are already reading...I write sight words on their yellow snowballs! When the music turns off they know to find a yellow snowball.    


We sequence the stages of a snowman!


We review numbers 0-20 Snowball Bingo! We use small marshmallows as the snowballs. Instead of saying BINGO when you have four in a row...we say "SNOWBALLS!"


We make holes in ice with salt! This is a great science experiment!  


I bought these snowflake pointers at Michaels
for under a dollar each! Students use these
pointers to read the room!

We play ice hockey! Students slide an ice cube back and forth and push the cube on the table with mini hockey sticks (popsicle sticks)! Students get a tally for each goal they make! I do facilitate this during free choice time! This game is a hit in our classroom!


We make snowmen! We used 3 no bake
cookies...roll them in powder sugar...stick in
2 pretzel sticks for arms, a gumdrop for the
hat, red string licorice for the scarf and red
hots for the eyes and buttons.



We make snowballs to eat! I woke up at 5:00 am with this idea and this was a true hit! I bought vanilla ice-cream and white sprinkles. Powdered sugar would work well too. Students each got a scoop of ice-cream. Students got to use their hands to mold their snowball into a ball and then we added sprinkles to make the snowball look like it had crystals. I integrated shapes into this cooking lab. Is a snowball in the shape of a triangle? (star, heart, octagon, square, etc). I drew the shapes in the air to give a visual to my ELL students. Was this lab messy?? Actually, no. Students wiped their hands on Kleenex and no one complained of sticky hands while eating their snowball. I will definitely do this again! What a hit! After students ate their snowballs, we graphed...Did You Like Your Snowball?"    


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