A Season of Winter

A Season of Winter

Snow Flakes

Blue Room: Winter Stories

This month in the Blue Room we will be exploring some stories with our students that focus on the wonder and fun of the winter season!

Week 1: “When Winter Comes” by Nancy Van Laan

“When Winter Comes” is a short story about what happens to the leaves, flowers, caterpillars, birds, mice, deer and fish that surround the home of a young child and his family. The family together explores these questions and then finds their way back to the warmth of their home to end the day. There are several skills that we will be practicing and developing with your students throughout the month. These skills include Sequencing, Rhyming and the following Vocabulary Words: winter, leaves, snow, cold, mice, deer, ground.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar enough with the story, “When Winter Comes” to successfully sequence the events of the story.
  2. Have been introduced to and practiced the vocabulary words that accompany the story so that they may begin to recognize individual words by sight.
  3. Have practiced the art of rhyming throughout the week using examples from the book, “When Winter Comes.”

Week 2: “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert

“Snowballs” is a short story about building a “family” of snow-people using items collected in a sack. At the end of story the “snow family” melts away. Week 2 in the Blue Room will follow a similar format to that of week 1. The skills that we will be practicing and developing with your students include Sequencing, Rhyming and the following Vocabulary Words: sack, snowball, dad, mom, baby, cat, dog.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar enough with the story, “Snowballs” to successfully sequence the events of the story.
  2. Have been introduced to and practiced the vocabulary words that accompany the story so that they may begin to recognize individual words by sight.

Week 3: “Snow” by Cynthia Rylant

The story, “Snow” is about the many types of snow that you can experience during the winter months. There is “snow that comes softly in the night,” fat snow, light snow and heavy snow. The story also explores the emotions that one feels when it snows and helps us to remember how beautiful the world is when it is under a blanket of snow. Week 3 in the Blue Room will follow a similar format to that of weeks 1 and 2.  The skills that we will be practicing and developing with your students include Sequencing and the following Vocabulary Words: snow, friend, flake, school, white, happy, boots, mitten, hill.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar enough with the story, “Snow” to successfully sequence the events of the story.
  2. Have been introduced to and practiced the vocabulary words that accompany the story so that they may begin to recognize individual words by sight.

Learning Goals

Reading

1.4 Recognize that sentences in print are made up of separate words

 

Written and Oral Language Conventions

1.1 Recognize and use complete, coherent sentences when speaking.

 

Letters

Letters and the sounds they make are taught through seamless integration into the curriculum. Students will be exposed to a variety of letters throughout the month.

Green Room: Seasonal Changes

The Green Room this month is focused on learning about the seasonal changes that occur in winter. We will explore these changes with our students throughout the month to give them a better understanding of the world around them.

Week 1: Animals and Trees

During the first week of the month we will be introducing students to the kinds of changes that occur to both animals and trees during the winter season. They will be building upon some knowledge already learned during the fall season. Students should remember some key words like: hibernation and migration. The book, “Animals in Winter” by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder will be used as a reference and visual aid to teach the changes in animals.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with the concepts of hibernation and migration and understand what animals practice this behavior during the winter season and why.
  2. Be familiar with the concepts of deciduous and evergreen trees and why certain trees exhibit this behavior during the winter season.

Week 2: Weather

During the second week of the month we will be introducing students to the many different types of weather that occur during the winter. We will use the book, “Weather Words and What They Mean” by Gail Gibbons to introduce and reinforce the concept of weather and how drastically it can change throughout the winter season.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with many of the different types of weather that can occur during the season of winter such as: storm, rain, snow, hail, lightening, clouds, and a freeze.
  2. Have had an opportunity to experience, in some way, at least 2 types of weather that occur during winter.

Week 3: The Phases of Water and the Water Cycle

During the third week of the month we will be introducing students to the phases of water (i.e. liquid, solid, gas) and the water cycle. We will start off the week teaching about the Water Cycle. The Water Cycle touches on almost every concept that you will be teaching this week. We will be using the story of “Drippy the Raindrop” to teach the water cycle.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with and have a good understanding of the following concepts and terms: The Water Cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation.
  2. Be familiar with and understand the phases of water: solid, liquid, gas.

Learning Goals

Number Sense

1.1 Compare 2 or more sets of objects (up to 10 objects in each group) and identify which set is equal to, more than or less than the other

 

Physical Science

1B Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to another.

1C Students know water left in an open container evaporates but water in a closed container does not

 

Numbers and Shapes

Numbers and shapes are taught through seamless integration into the curriculum. Students will be exposed to a variety of shapes and numbers throughout the month.

Red Room: Winter Recreation

sleddingThis month in the Red Room we will be teaching students about many of the different types of recreation that are available during the Winter season.

 

 

Week 1: Fun with Snow

This week in the Red Room we will be focusing on showing students how to have fun with or in the snow. Since we live in an area that does not snow, you will have to get a little creative. We begin the week by reading the book, “The Story of Snow” by Mark Cassino Students will come away with a good understanding of how snow is created and begin to appreciate the amazingly beautiful and awe-inspiring, nature-made masterpieces: snowflakes.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives:

      1. Understand the “Story of Snow” as written by Mark Cassin
      2. Know things they can do to have fun with the snow.
      3. Be able to sing some songs about the snow!

Week 2: Storm Chasing

This week in the Red Room we will be introducing students to Jim Reed and storm chasing. Use the book, “Storm Chaser” by Jim Reed when explaining what a storm chaser does and the types of weather a storm chaser photographs.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives:

      1. Know what storm chasing is.
      2. Know who Jim Reed is and what he does.
      3. Be knowledgeable of the types of weather a “storm chaser” takes pictures of.
      4. Understand the risks involved in “chasing” a storm.

Week 3: Snow and Ice Sports

This week in the Red Room we will be exposing students to some of the many sports that can be played in the snow or on the ice. We will focus on sports that are played in the Winter Olympics so that students are familiar with some of the sports that people compete in (i.e. figure skating, skiing, ice hockey, etc.).

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives:

      1. Be familiar with at least 2 sports played on the ice.
      2. Be familiar with at least 2 sports played in the snow.

Learning Goals

Visual Arts

1.1 Recognize and describe simple patterns found in the environment and works of art.

4.4 Give reasons why they like a particular work of art they made using the appropriate art vocabulary (i.e. color, shape, texture, etc.)

Artist of the Month

Jim Reed (Severe Weather Photographer)

 Music of the Month

Franz Shubert