Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter in New England

Here in New England, the kids have first hand knowledge of winter.  They get to play in it every recess!  Teachers have to plan an extra 5 -10 minutes for the children to put on and off the "snow gear" before and after recess.  (Kindergarten teachers need even more time!) (See THIS POST for details about Winter in New Hampshire and snow gear!)

I've always had a love/ hate relationship with winter.  I grew up in New England, so I'm no stranger to snow.  I've been sledding, skiing, tubing on snow, snowmobiling, and ice skating.  I've made snow forts, snow angels, and snowmen.  I've done plenty of shoveling and scraping ice off the car.  I've got plenty of experience driving in the snow and can manipulate my way out of a major skid.  I've driven white knuckled to many a destination.

I love how excited the kids get after a snow.  I love their rosy cheeks and the swish, swish, swish of the kids all wrapped up in their snow clothes.  I love how the fresh fallen snow sparkles in the sunlight.

But I'm not so fond of driving in it, shoveling it, or just plain being cold.  And I don't like the short days and long nights.

But, I have to admit, it's a great opportunity to do fun learning activities!  I make sure I have plenty of books to read to the children and let them read:  Here are some of my favorites:

               

Be sure to click the covers to see a full write up on each book from Amazon!

Winter is also a fun excuse to play games to practice their skills.  Here are a couple of mine:

Winter Math Stories With 2 Questions has 20 different Math Stories with winter themes.

Winter Verbs is a chance for the children to sort verbs into past tense, present tense, and future tense.


For your sports fans:  

Hat Trick Long Vowels - a BINGO type game to practice long vowel words - with a hockey theme, of course! 

Hat Trick Place Value - a BINGO type game to practice hundreds, tens and ones!  Also with a hockey theme!


With all the cold weather and winter sports, I think this time of year is a great time to introduce our friendly neighbors to the north... Canada!


Of course, that's a completely different post!

I also like to use snow when we study States of Matter.  

But do you want to know my favorite thing to do in winter here in New England?

Take a virtual field trip to Mexico!


Of course, that's a totally different post as well, but I can make a virtual field trip to Mexico last a few weeks!  The kids are so imaginative!  

Be sure to check out Sunny Days in Second Grade for loads of Winter ideas!

8 comments:

  1. I have to say that I looove Owl Moon! It is one of my favorite books!! I wish my kids could play out in the snow every day! We get some snow here in Kansas but not that much!

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    1. Kelley, Isn't Owl Moon great? I just love children's literature!

      Sally

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  2. Ahhh! I love the Hot Trick game bingo for place value!!! Being new to Canada and married to a hockey player I am learning all about hockey and the terms. Kids up here would love this. I will have to share this with other teachers at the school. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Brittany
    Lovely Literacy & More

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    1. Brittany,

      My kids are enjoying Hat Trick Place Value, especially now that pro hockey is back!

      Sally

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  3. Thanks for linking up to show and tell this week and sharing such great ideas!
    I wouldn't even know how to help the kids put on their snow gear! eek!
    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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    1. Denise,

      Luckily, in second grade, most of the kids can put on their own snow gear! When I taught Kindergarten and first, I was mighty busy! I can, however, unstick any stuck zipper after all the practice I had in those days!

      Sally

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  4. I just found you through Sunny Days' winter linky! I've lived down in Fl. so long {12 years},I forget how "wonderful" winters are! Snowy winters are pretty much the main reason I'm down here now {my sis too}. I hope on your behalf it's not a LONG winter. I don't know if I could deal with all of those hats, gloves, and snow boots!
    On another note...Go Pats! =)
    -Jackie-
    Sister Teachers

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    1. Jackie, After a week of indoor recess because it was TOO cold to go out, I'd be glad to switch places!

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