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Winter            snowflakes part 2 001

Objective: Children learn about winter and its weather.  (This lesson could be taught in two days.  One day about the seasons and another day about the snow and snowflakes.)


  • Winter pictures from magazines, calendars and the internet.
  • Coffee filters.
  • Print Season worksheet if you’re doing it. (You may have done it for the Summer lesson.) Or print the Season book.  summer-vs-winter-worksheet1    book seasons for January
  • Suggested Books:
    • Froggy Gets Dressed  by Jonathan London
    • The Jacket I Wear in the SnowBy Shirley Neitzel
    • The Snowy DayBy Ezra Jack Keats
    • WintertimeBy Ann Schening
    • Snowmen at NightBy Caralyn Buehner
    • The Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht (This book has great photographs of snowflakes.)
    • Snowflake BentlyBy Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    • The SnowmanBy Raymond Briggs
    • A Snowy Day By Melvin and Gilda Berger (This is good with snowflakes.)
    • Grandmother Winter By Phyllis Root
    • Four Stories for Four Seasons by Tomie dePaola
    • Winter is HereBy Kimberly Weinbeger
    • The Mitten Tree by Candice Christiansen (a book about kindness)
    • The Mitten by Jan Brett


Read a book(s) then discuss winter.

  • The tilt of the Earth creates the seasons. The tilted Earth causes different parts of the Earth to directly face the Sun, while other parts are hit indirectly by the sun’s rays causing the weather to be colder. (The earth is closer to the sun in the winter for the northern hemisphere, but because it tilts away from the sun it is cold.) (It can be shown with a globe and a lamp or a child being the sun.)
  • Winter is the coldest season of the year. We must wear warm clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, coats and boots.
  • In the winter we have less daylight.
  • Winter is the time we get to play in the snow. We like to build snowmen, make snow angels and throw snowballs. We can also do winter sports like skiing, sledding and ice skating.
  • Snowflakes have 6 points. 


*Make coffee filter snowflakes.

       snowflakes part 1 001      snowflakes part 2 001

This activity is a fun and an easy way to make paper snowflakes. 

  1. Flatten coffee filter
  2. Fold it in half
  3. Fold the half into thirds
  4. Then fold in half again.
  5. Cut shapes along the folded edges and the outside edge of the filter.

*Do the season worksheet. You may have done this worksheet for the summer lesson.

*Do the Season book.

*Melting Snow.

  1. Bring a jar of snow inside and put on a lid.
  2. Observe it later to see how it is now water and that snow takes more space in the jar than snow.


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