1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake "Craftivities" With Me!
As long as we have to have winter, it might as well snow! I'd always give my Y5's some time at our classroom windows, when the snow was falling heavily. It's so lovely and sparkly. They'd squeal with delight and chatter about a possible pending snow day. I think I was as excited as they were at the prospect of a stay-at-home and snuggle day.
Our snowflake theme was a real favorite. I'd start things out by sharing "Snowflake Bentley's" story and exquisite snowflake photographs. If you don't own these books, I highly recommend them.
I found that if I pre-folded coffee filters and demonstrated how to snip them into a snowflake, my students did a much better job, than when I used regular paper, which was way too thick for them to cut.
Singing a rousing round of Frosty the Snowman got the wiggles out, and my students' behavior was really pretty stellar, in part, because they were working towards spelling the words Hot Chocolate, so they could receive that treat.
They could earn a letter a day, which helped build self-esteem and confidence, as they worked together to achieve a goal. I did the same thing with spelling Frosty The Snowman. When they earned all of the letters, we'd watch the video at the end of the day. Click on the link to see it posted on YouTube.
The article today, shares some of my favorite snowflake activities. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Start things out by printing, laminating and trimming a set of snowflake alphabet cards. Use them as a border, independent center or to play a variety of games with. I've also included a blank set so that you can program with whatever. Click on the link to view/download the snowflake alphabet cards.
I think home-school connections are very important. I designed a bulletin board activity each month, where students spent some quality time with their families, doing a themed-writing prompt craftivity.
This family snowflake was the one for January. Use blue foil wrapping paper for the background and suspend some plastic snowflakes from the ceiling for that extra bit of pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download the Family Snowflake "craftivity."
Another awesome bulletin board involving snowflakes, is my Snowflake Writing Prompt Strips. Run off a variety of color choices so that you will have a really vivid bulletin board. These look wonderful on a black background spritzed with silver glitter spray.
Students can write their resolutions, favorite things about winter, or something for your Martin Luther King Jr. activities. I had my kiddo's write what they dreamed they'd some day be.
Click on the link to view download the Snowflake Writing Prompt Bulletin Board Craftivitiy.
One of the biggest down falls of snow with little ones, is that it's such a chore geting them dressed in all of their winter gear.
It would take some of my slowpokes so long, that by the time they waddled like a penguin out the door, the bell would ring to come inside!
To expedite things, I made up this poster of the order of how they should dress. Before I did this, I invariably had more than just a few kiddo's start by putting their boots or mittens on first. We've all been there I'm sure.
Having a race to see who could be the first one dressed, or which team got lined up the quickest, really helped too. Click on the link to print one for your hallway. Getting Dressed Poster
A matching easy reader about getting dressed is entitled: Let's Go! Let's Play in the Snow. It's a great way to review ordinal numbers too. The packet includes traceable word cards, picture cards, a graphing extension, a compound word worksheet, as well as one on contractions. Click on the link to grab it.
Finally, one has to make a few snow angels before everything melts. Review 2D shapes with this Shapely Snow Angel easy reader.
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"The Eskimos had 52-names for snow because it was so important to them. There ought to be as many for love." -Margaret Atwood