I am enjoying watching friend’s and family’s social media feeds fill with images of winter. Many of them have already received their first snowfall of the season and I’m jealous. Call me crazy (and most of my colleagues have!) but I LOVE snow! I actually enjoy shoveling! In fact, last year, my 7 year old son experienced the magic of the seeing snow fall from the sky for the first time during a trip to Pennsylvania. While he was busy playing, I spent an hour shoveling the sidewalks and driveway for my friend, who didn’t seem to mind the help as she sipped hot cocoa watching me from the front porch. It’s probably true that I enjoy it because I don’t ‘live’ in it, but many of my best childhood memories were shaped at my uncle’s cabin in the mountains and sledding with my cousins.
These thoughts reminded me of one of my favorite SOS titled Get VENN-y With It. This strategy encourages students to view two different images of winter and have them compare and contrast how they believe the photo’s author feels about winter based on evidence found within the image.
Though most of our California students will never know what it’s like to have a snowball fight at recess, that doesn’t mean we can’t join the fun and have a snowball fight indoors. Check out the SOS titled Snowball Fight, which became so popular last year, community members even made t-shirts in its’ honor.
Looking to explore more about weather and seasons with your students? Check out our new Winter Weather Content Collection for additional SOS Lesson Starters and digital resources.
Now, warm up your classroom by igniting learning through our global collaborative project Celebrate the Holidays.