I began by building some background knowledge. Living in Central Florida, a vast majority of my students have never seen real snow. We talked about what they knew about snow and winter. They said that it was cold and wet. I then had them describe what they had seen or heard that lead them to believe that snow was cold. They made connections to movies or TV shows they had seen that had people wearing coats, gloves, etc. They talked about it getting so cold that you can see your breath. They also talked about Christmas lights shining on the sparkly snow. (Some of them even captured that in their snow globes!)
To enrich this introduction lesson, I read them a couple of short books that were set in snowy settings. (I admit, these were pretty easy books, but the point wasn't to challenge them, it was to get them fully immersed in all things frosty and frigid!)
|This is a wonderful classic! I was even able to find a claymation|
version of this on YouTube to show my class!
|This book is beautifully illustrated. It was a wonderful read.|
|The best part about this book... The four super elated gators on the |
cover are all school PRINCIPALS!!
LoL Funny twist for the kids!
I told them that EVERYBODY loves a snow day!
|Glitter station. 3-4 kiddos at a time = minimal mess!|
|A snow globe base. Nothing fancy, just need to |
be sure that the flip book the kids write on will fit.
|Final copy of the flip book placed on the base.|
|To get just the right size "globe" I used an Easter bucket I bought |
from Target a couple of years ago. I actually used it for a game at the
Spring Carnival during my first year teaching. I love reusing things!