|Our cute Snowflake Snowmen turned out great!|
|I have a monthly WORD BANK I put up with words the kids might use in their winter writing.....Each month the shape changes as well as the words.|
At ABC Teach there are some cute snow similes to start everybody thinking about great words to describe the winter season. It is a great warm up. Here's a poem we read as a chant or rap using drums and bongos and snapping our fingers.
|Snowflake Poem we rap to.....|
Then after that we make a giant list of W words, then I words, then N words on the board as the kids help by brainstorming. Then we start writing the acrostic phrases or sentences (depending on how you want to differentiate) or lower grades could just copy the word.
|These 2 songs are really fun to sing. I have percussion instruments and 3 xylophones that the kids can play to the songs. It's a good way to do some shared reading with an element of fun in rereading the text.|
|This song is fun to start out standing in a squat and then growing as you sing "tall, tall, tall", and then when you are melting go back down to the squat slowly while singing "small, small, small....".|
|I had to include this cute picture of my grandbabies with their daddy constructed snowman. Cute right?|
SHAVING CREAM FUN:
Then after recess I bring out shaving cream and press about a golfball or bigger sized lump on top of everybody's desk. Then I read them Katy and the Big Snow. They are the snowplowers (using their fingers) as we travel to Geopolis and do North, South, East and West using a N or S or E or W written in the
"snow" which is the shaving cream. They smooth it all over their desks and then draw a map of the city using fingertips. I wish I would have snapped a few pictures. By the time the story is over the room smells great and the desks are really clean. We wipe them off with a paper towel (not much cream is left after mooshing it all over for 5 minutes!). It is always a fun winter activity we do. I just ordered the Fancy Nancy winter book. It looks like fun too.
|Here are some of my January classroom decorations I put out in place of all the cute Christmas ones.|
|Cute Snowflake Snowmen....made from handmade paper snowflakes...no two are ever alike!|
|January Snowmen decorate the classroom today.....|
Cute bulletin board set I love.....
|Here is my Winter bulletin board with just a few of the songs I put up to sing throughout the month of January.|
Then we do a fun art project using a 7, and 6 inch cut out circles of white, and a 5 inch circle head for "SNOWFLAKE SNOWMEN". After showing the kids how to fold the snowflake circle into a pie shaped piece and cut the edges into SNOWFLAKES we make our snowmen on LIGHT BLUE paper.
|The hat for the SNOWFLAKE SNOWMAN is 31/2 square in black with a 1 x 5 inch brim for the cute little craft.|
|We had lots of fun making snowman art and stamping snowflakes with white paint.....|
|Cutest winter bulletin board of the year I think.....now we just have to write our Snowman Stories!|
|Here is a sample!! Then we add snowflakes using white paint and some stamps we got at Lakeshore Learning Oriental Trading also has some cute ones Here. |
.Here are the CARDSTOCK MOSAIC SQUARES or just cut your own out of strips of centimeter sized construction paper. Then have the kids snip their own squares....they can do it.
Then lastly we do snowman stories just for some creative writing fun. Each snowman must have a personality. So they have to be really good at some kind of snowman talent. Then they have to also have a problem, a solution, a setting (city somewhere in the U.S.) and lots of describing words.