1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Activities With Me
We didn't have much snow in December, but January is certainly making up for it. There's certainly enough to make a few fat snowmen; so I wanted to feature some of my favorite snowman-themed activities.
A snowman's head is perfect for reviewing 2D shapes. I had a lot of fun making these shapely snowmen. You can make a set for a winter bulletin board, anchor chart-posters, large flashcards to review and assess the shapes, a center matching activity, or have students choose their favorite and make one.
Look carefully and you'll see that the snowman's facial features also match the 2D shape of his head. Click on the link to view/download the shapely snowman packet.
Reinforce a variety of standards with these 7 snowman puzzles that cover upper and lowercase letters, counting backwards, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Make a set to use as puzzles for an independent center.
These also make a lovely bulletin board. Caption: Learning is “snow” much fun! Have students choose a snowman that they want to make. Run off copies, they trim and glue to a sheet of blue or black construction paper.
For a mosaic appearance, tell students to put a small space in-between. Add a bit more pizazz by having students make “snowflakes” with a Q-tip dipped in white paint. For that finishing touch, sprinkle the wet paint dots with opalescent glitter.
If you are working on colors or color words with your students, I think you'll enjoy the Snowman Color Match packet. Students can play the game as an independent center, or choose a partner and play a spinner game.
Make an extra set and have students glue the puzzle hat and scarf pieces to the appropriate snowman and use them for your winter word wall. There's a plain set for students to draw in their own snowman face, as well as an illustrated set.
The snowman-themed emergent reader, covers lots of standards, as students read the repetitive sentences, circle capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the words, and color the pictures.
Days of the week + color words are reinforced. Three graphing extensions, a game, bookmark and a worksheet are all included as well.
Finally, help review analog and digital time to the hour and half hour, with the snowman clock matching game.
Print the snowman template on white construction paper; laminate and trim.
Run off the hatband-time words, the digital time-rectangles and the analog clocks; laminate and trim.
Students choose a time and then match all of the pieces and parts to complete that snowman. Make an extra set and glue together for a "Time For Winter" bulletin board.
Students can also make their own snowman clock to use as an assessment tool. Run off the analog clock and digital time box templates, on glossy photo paper. Children trim and glue to their snowman. They now have a dry erase digital and analog clock!
Teacher calls out a time. Using dry erase markers, students draw hands on the clock and write the digital time in the box, then hold up their snowman when they are done.
This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess, as you can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Children use a tissue to wipe off that answer, so they can play another round. Continue the game 'til you have covered/assessed all of the time options.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found some useful activities to help bring out the brrrr-illiance in your kiddos. As for me, it's time to brave the wintry artic to buy a few groceries, as Mother Hubbard's cupboard is indeed bare, and I'm clueless what to make for dinner.
Hopefully it won't take too long to find my car under the avalance of snow it's frosted with. Wishing you a stress-free happy day.
"I get a special feeling when I walk on snow that no one else has. It's a mixture of awe, adventure and amazement; and makes me wonder if this is something akin to what explorers and astronauts experienced, when they left their footprints on places yet to be discovered by others. Certainly a pleasant feeling of accomplishment at being first." - Diane Henderson
Let's Play A Math Game!
Dominoes are an inexpensive and fun math manipulative to help your students practice simple addition and subtraction facts. Dominic the Domino Snowman makes it even more interesting. He needs buttons for his belly!
Here's how to help him:
Do you have a math game that you play with your students? I'd enjoy hearing from you! firstname.lastname@example.org and if you use one of my freebies I'd really enjoy a comment. Thanks in advance.
Be sure and pop back tomorrow for more creative teaching tips.