Friday, February 8, 2019

18 Winter Learning and Teaching Ideas

18 Winter Learning and Teaching Ideas

Got the winter blahs? Looking for some new teaching ideas to inspire your students? Well, bring on the snowflakes and flurries with these amazing ideas.

1. Fine Motor Skills

Work on fine motor skills with these winter craft ideas, from Marshmallow Letter activities and Hammering into Ice  to sorting in a sensory bin.                                                                                                                                                 
2. Sensory Play Learning

Gotta try Snowflake Slime and Hot Chocolate Scented Cloud Dough!

3. Winter Books and Crafts

A nice selection of winter books along with matching crafts to do.

4. Winter Science Experiments

Snow Volcanoes? Snow storm in a Jar? Biology of Bread? Find it here for primary grades.

5. Winter Solstice Activities

Try Classic Medallion Snowflakes, Orange Bird Feeder, and reading some winter books.

6. Winter Storytelling Activities

Make a Fairy Land, Make your own Ice Palace, Learn to Read with Speech Bubbles are just of few of these activities made to inspire imagination and play.

7. STEM Activities

Indoor Soil Science and Engineering Challenge, Explore Force & Motion with STEAM Activities, Homemade Pan Flutes and more.

8. Learn about Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals Camouflage, Arctic animal identification, Blubber experiment to learn about Arctic animal adaptations and other fun ideas to try.

9. Winter Observation Journal

10. Free Winter Printables

11. 55 Winter Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

Ski Jump 3-d Art, Balloon Hockey, Luge Marble Track Race Indoor Game, Tacky the Penguin and the Winter Math Games, Winter Sports Writing, free printables, and other original ideas for indoor learning and play.

12. Winter Terrarium

13. Investigate Winter Weather

Click winter storm activities for lesson plans on investigating the weather.

14. Winter Themed Classroom Ideas

The Shadow Knows I, Hibernation Worksheet, Daylight Savings Time, Ping-Pong Avalanches, Extreme Cold Prevention Guide,Starry Night Education and other ideas for elementary grades.

15. Winter Learning Packets

 Elementary, Middle and High School student packets to promote academic success during winter break. Great idea for an intervention tool or homework idea.

16. Pre K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide (for winter, too)

Apply for a grant for project funding or attend a training for the teaching materials.

17. Lists and Rules of Olympic sports

18. Snowy Day Winter Lessons

Precipitation-Inspired Problems, Weather's Effect on History, Snowy Prose: Snow Day Adventure Story, Snowy Poetry and more.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Valentine's Day Flash Freebie

FLASH FREEBIE from now until?

"What the world really needs is more love and less paper work."- Pearl Bailey

A Valentine’s Day and the 8 Parts of Speech color version is offered here.

Valentines Day and the 8 Parts of Speech

In Valentine’s Day and the 8 Parts of Speech, learners read 46 funny, infamous Valentine’s Day quotes with nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, interjection, conjunctions or prepositions. It's perfect for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day and the 8 Parts of Speech can be used as...

*a whole group class game
*in cooperative learning groups
*an ELA center
*an intervention
*an assessment

Valentine's Day and the 8 Parts of Speech includes...

*useful links
*directions for use
*46 task cards
*2 answer keys
*2 rewards cards
*student recording sheets

Wednesday, December 26, 2018



FLASH FREEBIE from now until ? Hilarious! Pets in Disguise Writing Prompts Unit is a collection of funny dogs and cats in their groovy costumes. Amazingly fun for interactive whiteboard use. Suann F. said, "Lots of laughter and creative writing happening!"

This 5 week daily writing activity can be used as...
  • whole group activity
  • intervention
  • assessment
Pets in Disguise Writing Prompts Unit includes...

  • teaching tips
  • evaluation rubric
  • student journal print-outs
  • 26 disguised pet scenes and key word writing prompts

Friday, December 7, 2018

21 December Holiday Celebrations Learning Fun

   Happy winter holidays! I've found some interesting and fun holiday educational learning ideas for your classes. These 21 links are from a variety of celebrations. Try a few.

1. What is Kwanzaa? (K, 1 and 2)

Students learn about the basic concepts surrounding the holiday of Kwanzaa.

2. Hanukkah Crafts for Kids

Create crafts such as dreidel, Star of David, Hanukkah Advent calendar. Select from 44 different ideas. There are also Christmas crafts to make, too.

3. 12 Questions of Christmas - What is Hanukkah?

Puppets answer the question of what Christmas and Hanukkah are.

4. Jewish Circle Dance Instruction

Why a circle dance? Find out the answer to this question and try some dance moves. 


How do other countries celebrate Christmas? Find out how over 50 countries celebrate Christmas. 

7.  Christmas in Europe 4k

What is a Christmas market? It's not only a place to find classic wooden toys and foods sold only around Christmas.

8. Kevin's Kwanzaa | Children's Books Read Aloud

A story about Kwanzaa for elementary school grades.

9. Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles Read Aloud

A Hanukkah story for elementary school grades.

10. What is Las Posadas? Christmas Around the World

Learn about what happens with Las Posadas in this short video.

11. How to Draw a Christmas Tree

Grab a paper, pencil and colored pencils and draw along with the artist. 

12. Instrumental Christmas Music

Relaxing holiday music (under 4 minutes long) with a fireplace.

13. Christmas Around the World Song | Christmas Traditions

Learn about the traditions of other countries in this short video.

14. Crazy Santa Dance

Follow these wild dance moves as best as you can in this fun dance!

15. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Rises And Lights

A time lapse of  events of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

16. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Royal Ballet presents this dance segment from the Nutcracker.

17. Hanukkah Dance

Music string arrangement by Matt Conaway.

18. African Bell Carol

19. Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Sleigh Ride

20. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here

21. Nat King Cole Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Friday, November 23, 2018

FLASH FREEBIE From Now Until ?

Flash Freebie! Northern lights, angel making in the snow, polar bears, toboggans. Winter Scenic Writing Prompts is great for interactive white board use. This resource for 1 month of student journal writing includes:

  • writing prompts for interactive whiteboard

  • notes to teacher

  • student journal stationary

  • writing rubric

Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter Learning Fun Ideas

   Is winter really here now? Maybe not yet. But, a teacher has got to plan. What can be done for winter learning fun on a budget? 

1. Hide and Seek Turkey

This free turkey template shows you what you'll need and how to make it. Every few weeks, get some free templates or craft ideas from this site. If you are in the area, there are free craft class for kids.

2. Edible Finger Paint Recipes

Learn how to make non-toxic finger paint for activities with kids.

3. Use Arts and Crafts in English Lessons

Ten tips to integrate English Language Arts activities in the classroom and focus on learning objectives at the same time.

4. 28 Winter Crafts for Kids

From ice catchers to edible bird feeders, and paper plate Arctic foxes, this site has very interesting and creative learning ideas to try... and the cutest puffy paint polar bear face!

5. Great Reasons for Arts and Crafts

Read this great article about the benefits of arts and crafts. Try making snowflakes and creating cards for friends.

6. Winter Crafts

Construction paper strips and doilies make beautiful snowmen!

7. Winter Themed Educational Tools

Lesson plans and activities for pre-k until high school are available here to download. An excellent unit geared for upper elementary and through high school is Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate.

8. Teaching Outside in Winter

From Project Learning Tree, some useful ideas on how to teach out-of-doors in winter. Make snow animals for younger students,  identify trees for upper elementary and a whole module on forests for high school students.

9. Winter STEM Activities

Crystal growing, making winter lava maps, and igloo challenges are great fun!

10. Winter Science Ideas

Oobleck, snowman slime, snowstorm in a jar are just some of these indoor science activities.

Be back soon with some holiday learning ideas for your classroom!

Monday, October 22, 2018

FLASH FREEBIE from now until ?? Happy Halloween!


from now until?

FLASH-FREEBIE Halloween Frankies Conversion Math Distance Time Volume Mass
   Reading about Frankenstein or another monster story? This not so scary math follows the Mary Shelly story line in a fun way with word problems about distances, time, liquid volumes, masses, measurements and quantities. With Frankie's Conversion Math, get ready to convert measurements! Frankie's Conversion Math can be used as a class game, in cooperative groups or placed in a math center station. Frankie’s Conversion Math includes directions for the teacher, lesson plans, 30 task cards, Conversion Facts sheet, answer key, and two awards cards.

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