Comparing SnowmenIn this fun comparing activity follow these directions.
- The children play with a partner.
- Each partner gets 10 cubes and snaps them together.
- Say "1,2,3 break." Each child breaks their cubes in half.
- Each child puts one part of their break onto the snowman game board.
- Compare for more and less cubes.
- The child with less cubes spins the spinner.
- If it lands on less, he gets all of the cubes on the game board.
- If it lands on more, the child who had more gets all of the cubes on the game board.
- Color the cubes on the recording page.
- Record how many cubes each child had.
- Circle more or less to indicate who won.
Snowman PhonemesIn this fun activity, the children will segment the phonemes in a word. Here's the questions, what is the difference between phonemic awareness and phonics? A long time ago, a smart teacher told me, "Phonemic Awareness can be done in the dark." Makes sense, right? For phonemic awareness we are only dealing with the sounds, not the letters. In the picture above, coat only has 3 phonemes, even though it has 4 letters. To play this game the children name the picture. Then, they slide a snowball onto the snowman as they segment each of the phonemes.
Snowman PhonemesThis snowman activity is a PHONICS activity because we are using the letters. In this activity I used only 3 letter words. As the children say they word, they record each letter to represent the sounds they hear.
How to Make a Snowman Step BookIn this fun activity, the children will use this step book to sequence the steps for making a snowman. First, I made a snowman book for each child. To make the book:
- Stagger 3 pieces of paper by overlapping them about one inch. (It looks like steps). Fold the paper in half.
- Using a pattern, cut the snowman shape from the folded paper.
- Add an additional circle to the top to make a head.
The children follow these steps to make their snowman books.
- Cut apart the pictures. Sequence the pictures to make the snowman.
- Glue one picture under each flap.
- Cut off one of the sentences. Cut between the words.
- Put the words in the correct order to make the sentence.
- Add a face and a hat!
Snowman Tree MapI made this tree map to use during the week. Here's how we are going to use it.
- Each day we filled out one of the 3 columns.
- First, we thought of possible ways to finish our sentence.
- Then, we used interactive writing to record three of the suggestions.
- As I was writing on the large chart, each child has their own chart to complete.
Making SnowDuring January and February we are working hard on learning to write nonfiction text. One thing we know is that we can only ask kids to write on schema they already have, or schema that is developed through the experiences that we provide. This is a super fun activity for making snow! (Especially for us southerners!)
- Use powdered laundry detergent (instant snow) and water. Mix together with a mixer. NOW---it doesn't look like real snow! I know, but my kids have a great imagination and most of them have not seen real snow! ;)
- Drop three blobs of snow mixture onto their paper.
- Invite the children to swirl their fingers to make the 3 snowballs.
- Once dry, use paint to add details.
- NOW we are ready to write our procedural piece. The children can write the steps for How to Make Snow or How to Make a Snowman.
Five Little Snowmen FatI made this tree map to use during the week. This is a fun song to teach number combinations. We used the song during literacy to work on things such as print concepts, sight words, beginning sounds, what makes sense, etc. We also used the song as a transition activity while moving from student focused work back to our class meeting area.
Here's what we did:
- I used the color game board and made a black and white board for each child.
- The children cut the snowmen off of their recording page.
- As we sing the song, we move the snowmen from standing in the snow to melting in the sun.
- After singing each verse we record the combination on our recording page.
- Select which recording sheet your child are ready for!