Winter

Christmas & Winter Themes For Early Learners

Look no further for some great Christmas and Winter Thematic units for your kindergarten, preschool, Pre-k, T-K or 1st grade classroom. All of these units are cross-curricular, strategically linked to the common core standards, and scripted for easy use.

We have designed these units to be cross-curricular, filled with strategic, developmentally appropriate, and purposeful activities. We know you will love the convenience of planning and lesson delivery. Everything included has been time tested with thousands of students in our classrooms. We know these activities work, and that kids love them.

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Also check out our companion sight word readers with some Christmas or Winter flair.

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Here are a few other supporting products with a Christmas or Winter theme.

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An Arctic Winter

 
The great Arctic Freeze is here once again! Capitalize on the weather through winter related units and activities. Investigate the Arctic and the Antarctic. Read the guided reader Arctic Friends, compare quantities with Polar Bear Fishing, construct walruses, and sound out words with the game Arctic Hunt. Next, turn your attention to the Antarctic and the penguin. Write about penguins, read about them, construct penguins, and play penguin games such as Rescue the Penguins - a teen math game and March of the Penguins, a letter fluency game. The Arctic air is cold, but make the best of it with our Arctic Freeze activities!


Making Snowflakes

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Although true snowflakes are hexagons, a square is the perfect way to help young children learn how to independently cut snowflakes! 

As everyone knows, all kids love to make snowflakes! In fact, they can go through a ream of paper in a very short time. If you are low on that precious commodity, kids are just as happy with newsprint, recycled paper, or any scraps that are readily available. They love to use magazine pages, newspaper ads, discarded homework, etc. 

By taking advantage of this natural enthusiasm for snowflake cutting and simplifying the activity, it becomes a great opportunity to review basic shapes, aid development of hands and finger muscles, and build student independence and confidence.

Students will also have the opportunity to be creative through experimentation and practice. 

So, cut a stack of various size squares of various types of paper, model "How-To," hang an instruction poster and let the scraps start flying!


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A Snowman Time of Year

Looking for a great Snowman unit that thematically includes  areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, science, independent practice, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading? The activities in this unit are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of "one-time"  preparation. 




Table of Contents
 Literacy Activities:
Snowman Spill: Automaticy of Lowercase Letter Sounds
Snowman Match-up: Matching Letters and Sounds
Build a Snowman: Blending and Segmenting Words
Snowman Melt: Reading High Frequency Words
Draw a Snowman: Reviewing Early Phonics and Phonological Skills
Independent Practice
 My Favorite Things: Identifying Medial Sounds
Beginning Sounds: Identifying and Writing Beginning Sounds
A-Z: Fluently Connecting Dots From a-z.
Writing the Alphabet A-Z and a-z: Practicing Alphabet Letter Formation
 Math Activities:
Snowball Fight: Comparing Numbers
The Snowman’s Buttons: Decomposing Numbers
Snowman Sets: Joining Sets Using a 10 Frame Strategy
Snowman Sums: Making a Sum of 10 Using an Unknown and a KnowN Addend With Visual Representation.
Independent Practice
Symmetry Snowman: Symmetry Activity
Snowman Puzzles: Using Geometric Shapes to Construct a Snowman
The Tallest Snowman: Measurement
Snowman Number Hunt: Matching Quantity and Numerals
Math Journal Prompt: Joining Sets
Guided Reading Books
The Snowmen (Level B)
The Snowmen (Level C)
Writing Prompts/Word Wall
My Snowman
How To Build a Snowman
Snowman Word Wall
Science
The Melting Snowman: Observing States of Matter
Science Journal Page: Why does the sun melt the snowman?
Art Projects
Snowman Gallery Art Show
Marshmallow Snowman
Shape Snowman
Painted Snowman Portfolio Sample
Songs
Five Little Snowmen
I’m a Little Snowman
Drawing a Snowman

Arctic Freeze: Thematic Common Core Curriculum Essentials


Love the Polar Regions!Teach the Common Core Standards with confidence by using these strategically linked cross-curricular, thematic activities




Contents include:

Shared Reading Activities:
The Whale & The Penguin: Group Poetry Activity
Arctic Friends: Retell a Story

Scripted Literacy Activities:
Glacier Bay: Phoneme Segmentation
Glacier Melt Down: Fluently Naming Alphabet Sounds
March of the Penguins: Alphabet Letter Fluency
Arctic Hunt: Nonsense Word Fluency

Independent Literacy Activities:
Walrus Waddle & Walk: Writing Beginning Sounds
Igloo Match: Matching Upper and Lowercase Letters
Arctic Animal Names: Writing Missing Letters

Math Activities:
Polar Bears in the Cave: Counting On
Penguin Playground: Adding to and Taking Away
Eskimo Count: Joining Sets
Rescuing Penguins: Identifying Teen Numbers

Independent Math Activities:
Polar Bear Fishing: Comparing Quantities
Comparing Igloos: Comparing Written Numerals
Eskimo Friends: Composing Numbers

Writing Prompts/Word Wall
Arctic Word Wall
The Penguins
Polar Animals
Label It

Guided Reading Books
Arctic Friends
Class Made Book
Arctic Friends



Art Projects

Walrus
My Eskimo
Penguin

Science
Ice Race: Exploring Properties of Water
North Pole Facts
South Pole Facts
Blubber Experiment:How Polar Animals Keep Warm


Songs
North and South
Arctic Friends



Mitten Mania: Thematic Common Core Curriculum

All children love the traditional tale, "The Mitten!" Expand on great literature, reach across the curriculum, and strategically teach to the common core standards as you enjoy bringing Mitten Mania into your classroom.





Table of Contents:


Shared Reading Activities


The Mitten: Retell a Story
Mitten Poetry Activity: Group Reading Activity

Scripted Literacy Activities:


Little Lost Mittens: Reviewing Early Phonics and Phonological Skills.
Shake and Fill Mittens: Reading and Writing CVC Words
Warm Mittens: Naming Sounds or Reading Nonsense Words
The Kittens’ Mittens: Naming Alphabet Sounds

Independent Literacy Activities:


Makin’ Mittens: Reading Sight Words
The Lost Mitten: Producing Rhymes
Mitten Colors: Reading Color Words

Math Activities:


Mitten Spots: Naming Numbers Fluently
The Mitten Shop: Counting by Tens
Mitten Bingo: Identifying Numbers 11-30
Mitten Problems: Decomposing Numbers

Independent Math Activities:


Mitten Sort: Sorting Mittens by Shape
Mitten Pairs: Understand Number, Quantity Relationships
Mitten Numbers: Writing Numbers from 0-20.
Dice Mitten Throw: Adding Dice

Writing Prompts/Word Wall


My Mittens 
Who Will Crawl Into My Mitten?
Mitten Word Wall

Class Book


Millions of Mittens 
Guided Reading Books
The Mitten: Level A
The Mitten Level C


Art Projects


Mitten Art
Mitten Wreath
The Mitten Retelling Puppets

Songs

Oh Where, Oh Where
Fuzzy Mittens
The Mitten



Crazy For Snowmen: Curriculum Essentials for Math, Literacy and More!

This 125 page Snowman unit is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, science, independent practice, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. The lessons (games or activities) included are scripted. They are written in a format that can be easily taught by the teacher or readily handed off to a parent volunteer or a classroom aide with complete confidence that common core teaching objectives will be reached. Also included are many independent activities and  independent adaptions to the scripted activities to extend learning.




Table of Contents
Scripted Literacy Activities:
Snowman Spill: Automaticy of Lowercase Letter Sounds
Snowman Match-up: Matching Letters and Sounds
Build a Snowman: Blending and Segmenting Words
Snowman Melt: Reading High Frequency Words
Draw a Snowman: Reviewing Early Phonics and Phonological Skills
Independent Practice
 My Favorite Things: Identifying Medial Sounds
Beginning Sounds: Identifying and Writing Beginning Sounds
A-Z: Fluently Connecting Dots From a-z.
Writing the Alphabet A-Z and a-z: Practicing Alphabet Letter Formation
Scripted Math Activities:
Snowball Fight: Comparing Numbers
The Snowman’s Buttons: Decomposing Numbers
Snowman Sets: Joining Sets Using a 10 Frame Strategy
Snowman Sums: Making a Sum of 10 Using an Unknown and a KnowN Addend With Visual Representation.
Independent Practice
Symmetry Snowman: Symmetry Activity
Snowman Puzzles: Using Geometric Shapes to Construct a Snowman
The Tallest Snowman: Measurement
Snowman Number Hunt: Matching Quantity and Numerals
Math Journal Prompt: Joining Sets
Guided Reading Books
The Snowmen (Level B)
The Snowmen (Level C)
Writing Prompts/Word Wall
My Snowman
How To Build a Snowman
Snowman Word Wall
Science
The Melting Snowman: Observing States of Matter
Science Journal Page: Why does the sun melt the snowman?
Art Projects
Snowman Gallery Art Show
Marshmallow Snowman
Shape Snowman
Painted Snowman Portfolio Sample
Songs
Five Little Snowmen
I’m a Little Snowman
Drawing a Snowman