With the excitement of winter, the new year, and winter vacations, it can be hard to keep students focused and engaged in learning. Winter themed academic activities motivate students by connecting what they are experiencing in real life to their school work.
This year, more than ever, it is important to have both printable and digital winter activities ready to go. The 5 activities described below are from paid and free winter resources in my TpT shop!
1. WINTER GLYPHS: PRINTABLE & DIGITAL WINTER ACTIVITIES
I constantly hear from teachers about how much their students love glyphs! They are a great way to learn a little bit about your students while having them create an adorable craft to hang on a classroom bulletin board or take him to showcase on the fridge.
This Winter Glyphs pack comes with 3 glyphs – a Penguin Glyph (digital and printable), Snowman Glyph (digital and printable) and a Snow Globe Glyph (printable only).
They also lend themselves perfectly to creating individual bar graphs, or one large classroom bar graph, and analyzing authentic classroom data.
2. WINTER WRITING PROMPTS
With winter’s arrival comes lots of excitement in your growing writers. This is a great way to motivate them with prompts that are applicable to what is currently happening around them.
The 32 writing prompts come in different printable formats, but my favorite is the cut and paste journal option. Providing choice is another way to encourage students to write, so with this activity they get to pick which prompt they want to use to guide their writing that day.
These writing prompts also come in a digital, Google Slides™ version.
3. “THROW SNOWBALLS LIKE KINDNESS” WINTER ACTIVITIES
This craft is such a great way to build classroom community among your students. In the printable version, students create a printable bucket that students fill with kind words for each student written on “snow balls”.
On the digital version, students can write 3 or 5 times they showed kindness this school year.
4. WRITING GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS
Winter graphic organizers are great to use on their own or for prewriting for a piece of writing. A bunch of winter graphic organizers are available in our Winter Activities Pack that come in both digital and printable formats.
Seasons are such a great way to bring writing to life using the five senses. This Snowy Senses organizer can be found for free here.
5. NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS & GOAL SETTING:
With the new year comes the perfect time to reflect on the year so far, and create new academic and personal goals.
New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to greet your students after winter break. Below is an example of a printable interactive graphic organizer and a digital organizer students can use to record their resolutions.
All of the resources above can be found in the resources in our Winter Activities Bundle!
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