December 20, at 8: The 5-mile mandatory jog completed, he was taking a break from the stream.
By Meghan Everette Grades 1—2, 3—5 I have a secret weapon in the days before winter break. My class completes an activity that is engaging and challenging, combining reading, writing, and math skills all at once, and they do it with holiday cheer.
What could this wondrous lesson be? The Snowman Construction Company! A quick Internet search will give you many reprints and versions of the original, but my class kicks it up a notch with actual supplies for extra crafty fun.
A seemingly simple task gets the students started: The original lesson calls for students to budget their materials and then draw the resulting snowman after making their plan.
I tried doing this with my 3rd graders several years ago. First of all, my students were drawing what they wanted their snowman to look like, not what they had actually purchased materials for.
Second, some of my students were artistically challenged, to say the least, even if their math work was exceptional. Plus, I quickly found out that adding longer lists of numbers, multiplying when we purchased more than one of the same item, and converting ounces to pounds was well outside our skill set.
I love the lesson and wanted to make it work for me. The next year I made students sketch the snowmen before making purchases. Then students were given copies of the supplies I had duplicated to cut out and use to create their final snowmen.
Last year, I finally got it right! We had a parent night in the winter, and I took the project off the page by purchasing tiny buttons and making each supply from pipe cleaners or scrap felt. I reworked the order formdeleting the weights altogether.
I laid out each supply with a label, and students could make their purchases after they had a correct order form.
For parent night I laid out calculators so they could check their own work as well. Functional reading of charts is necessary for this project to work. Math is clearly used and can be adapted for different levels.
How to bring in writing? Students have to write sales pitches explaining why the mayor should purchase their snowman.
We tie in persuasive techniques and descriptive writing. I save the writing, orders, and snowmen for a snowy bulletin board display in January. I put the order forms and directions in a folder attached to the board for other students to pick up and try on their own. One year I even labeled each snowman, allowing passersby to vote on their favorite design.
The days that lead up to break are hectic. There are programs, parties, final grades, and more. Having a lesson that brings together a variety of skills and can be adapted to various levels is essential.
Students get excited about their snowmen and even the least artistic of the bunch can make a great display using the given materials. Imaginative kids have snowmen with spiky carrot hair while the writers in the class make the most of their language skills in the sales pitch.
This is a holiday project sure to meet your needs or a fun way to get back in the swing of things in January. Not enough snowmen for you? Search for even more snowy goodness. Carrots Cut small, medium, and large triangles from orange paper.
Arms Cut small sticks and larger twigs from brown paper. Scarves Cut thin rectangles from various pieces of felt. Hats Copy the given hats to have students color and cut out.With the new school year right around the corner, I thought it would by a great time to talk a little about one of my favorite nights of the year.
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Free online resources for work and life from initiativeblog.com That about sums up what I do! Last year I planned my themes according to the letters of the alphabet that they were learning to write using the Handwriting Without Tears “curriculum”.
This week's writing prompt concerns a mysterious misadventure that begins on a familiar path and ends at the door of a structure made of gingerbread. Winter Worksheets and Printables. Winter looks different depending on where you live, but there’s still something about the season that conjures images of building snowmen, baking cookies, and bundling up in scarves and hats.
Get your child in the winter spirit with snowy math worksheets, wintertime writing prompts, snowflake crafts, and. Use this 'Writing Prompt: Snow Similes (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Writing Prompt: Snow Similes (elem/upper elem)'.
Briefly explains similes and then encourages students to write and illustrate their own.