Using books to teach concepts is a great way to grab your student's attention especially if the book is a classroom favorite. Here are 3 of my favorite winter books and some ideas to go along with them.
Snowmen at Night
Concepts: Sentence structure, handwriting
1. Read the story "Snowmen at Night"
2. Review some of the things the snowmen did at night.
3. Have the kids cut out the words from the snowmen worksheet.
4. Have them put the words in a sentence if they are able or write it on the board for them to refer to.
5. Have them glue the sentence in order.
6. Have the kids think of something that snowmen do at night. They could use examples from the book or think of their own.
7. Have them write it down in a complete sentence. You may need to write the sentence for younger kids to copy.
8. The kids can then illustrate their picture using the snowmen from the worksheet or by making their own.
Concept-Story sequence, Retelling
1. Read the story, "The Mitten".
2. Have the kids color and cut out the animals and mitten from the Jan Brett website here. Jan Brett has an awesome website with tons of ideas and printouts. Go here to check it all out.
3. After cutting out the animals, give the kids popsicle sticks to place their animals on.
4. When you do the mitten make sure you double up with a blank white paper. Cut out the mitten with the blank paper. I usually staple them together to make it easier for the kids to cut out. A staple on the top and bottem. When they are done cutting it out, take the staples out.
5. Flip the mitten over and glue around the edges EXCEPT on the bottom of the mitten.
6. Place the blank white mitten on top. You should have an opening on the bottom for the animals to climb in.
7. Read the story again. This time have the kids use their mitten and animals at the same time.
8. You could have the kids retell the story and use their puppets to tell the story.
1. Read the story, "Snowflake Bentley". Talk about how snowflakes are unique and that everyone is different. Snowflakes are also symmetrical. You can show some real snowflakes from a page in the back of the book. Explain to your students what symmetry is and maybe do a few examples on the board. Tell them that today they are going to make a snowflake that is symmetrical.
2. I saw this idea at a teaching conference one year and adjusted for my 1st grade students. I made this outline for the students to use.
3. Place a piece of wax paper over the outline. The long lines with dots at either end represent a cue tips. There are 12 cue tips that are bent to form a "V" that you will place back to back.
4. Have the kids match up the cue tips making sure the place them as exact as possible.
5. The part on the outline that has a circle around it means that is where you will put a ton of glue. The kids love doing this because normally I will tell them, "A dot not a lot" but now they get to do a huge glob.
6. The basic idea is to cover the ends all in glue.
7. Let it dry over night and then peel away from the wax paper.
8. You could spray with a glitter spray to add a little sparkle.
*If you have pattern blocks, start with a hexagon in the middle to make these: