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Teaching the Signs of the Winter Season

Teaching the Signs of the Winter Season

Teaching the Signs of the Winter Season

I can’t believe it is time to start talking about winter already! This year has really flown by!  When discussing the different seasons of the year I like to use real photographs to which the students can relate and go out and explore their own environment as much as possible. This helps the students make the connection between what we are learning and their own experiences/lives.

We start off talking about and listing things that the students already know about the winter season. Then, I like to show them a PowerPoint presentation that explains the winter season in very simple terms that they can understand and uses real, full-color photographs to which they can relate. Here are a few sample slides:

winter season PowerPoint presentation
hibernating animals in winter

At the end we play a few little games to check their understanding.  I show them the following slide:

signs of the winter season

We look at each picture and they tell me whether or not it is something they would normally wear in the winter.  After their response I click on the picture.  A smiley face shows for correct answers, an unhappy face shows for incorrect responses providing immediate feedback.

winter season clothing
signs of the winter season

The winter clothing pictures are then given gold stars to distinguish them from the rest giving students a visual aide.

what would you wear in winter?

We then do the same thing with the next slide.  The students have to pick out the animals that hibernate during the winter season.

animals that hibernate in the winter
hibernating animals in winter

After the group activity I check individual student understanding by having each student “hunt” for signs of winter and color clothes that they would wear in the winter.

find the signs of winter

I upload the PowerPoint onto our class computers and allow students to access it during group or free time.  They enjoy looking at the pictures and doing the “quiz” at the end.  If you would like to use this PowerPoint in your classroom it is available here.

The next day we review the signs of winter by reading the following emergent reader.  It coordinates with the PowerPoint and uses fun, repetitive text along with full color photographs from the PowerPoint to review the signs of winter. I read it to the students first and then we re-read it together.

signs of winter emergent reader

We review relevant words from the reader and place them on our word wall.

winter season word wall cards

During our group times the students get to make their own copies of the emergent reader.  I differentiate them according to students’ ability level.  Some students read the words and color provided pictures.

winter season emergent reader

Other students read the words and draw their own pictures.  I check their comprehension by the pictures drawn and their explanation of them.

winter season emergent reader

The next day is our favorite!  We take a walk/hike and look for signs of winter on our school grounds and playground.  We take pictures of signs of winter we discover and collect signs of winter to bring back to our science center (snow, icicles, pine cones, etc.).

Once we’ve returned to our classroom, we create a class book.  Each student creates a page by drawing a picture of a sign or signs of winter and writing a sentence about it using the words from the word wall.

signs of the winter season class book

These pages are then bound together to create a class book which is placed in our reading center.  Students can also “check it out” like a library book and take it home for one night to share with family and friends.

I have used both the Little Bird Tales app to create a class book using the photos we took on our winter walk and Pic Collage (we have the Pic Kids version).  To me Pic Collage is easier.  You can also have the students do it themselves (yes, it’s that easy!).  Here are the steps for Pic Collage:

signs of winter digital book

Load all the pictures from your winter walk onto your iPad.

Take a picture of one of the emergent reader pages.  You can choose one of the templates or the blank one if you wish to type all the text or use your own text.

Add the picture of the emergent reader page to Pic Collage and size it to fit the entire screen.

Set it as the background by holding down on the picture and then hitting Set as Background (this keeps it from moving around while you are adding additional pictures and text).

Add a photo from the fall walk and adjust the size and placement.

Add text.

You can save each page and print them out for a book or create a digital book.

If you would like to use the Signs of Winter emergent reader in your classroom click here.

We also read the following winter books:

First Snow

The First Snow

The Big Snow

When Winter Comes

Millions of Snowflakes

Winter/Invierno (Seasons of the Year/Las Estaciones del Ano)

You may like:

winter season

Winter Season Power Point Presentation

Winter Emergent Readers

Signs of Winter Emergent Reader Pack & Printable Pages

winter season bundle

Signs of the Winter Season PowerPoint & Emergent Reader Bundle

Seasons PowerPoint & Emergent Reader MegaBundle

Four Seasons PowerPoint & Emergent Readers MEGABundle

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I’m Tina and I’ve taught preK and K for 20+ years. I share fun and creative ideas that spark your students’ love for learning. 

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