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winter_200x150.jpgTurn the winter chill into cool classroom activities with lesson plans and related resources from the Thinkfinity Content Partners.


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How would students answer these winter-related questions? Follow the links to find answers in these Wonders of the Day that offer videos and activities for students in grades PreK-5:

Who Takes the Longest Nap?

Where Do Worms Go in Winter?

What Do Bees Do in Winter?

What Do Animals Squirrel Away for Winter?

Water 1: Water and Ice

Science NetLinks | Lesson | K-2
In this lesson, students explore what happens to water as it goes from solid to liquid and back again; to use observation, measurement, and communication skills to describe change.

Water 3: Melting and Freezing

Science NetLinks | Lesson | K-2
Students explore what happens to the amount of different substances as they change from a solid to a liquid or a liquid to solid during this lesson.

Let’s Build a Snowman

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | K-2
Using both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart, students learn about how animals survive the winter.

A Matter of Pattern

Science NetLinks | Lessons | K-2
Students create and predict patterns formed when making paper snowflakes.

The Water Cycle

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 3-5
Students draw on what they already know about water and how it can freeze into ice or turn into a gas depending on the temperatures and consider the continuous cycle that water undergoes as it changes form.

Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

ReadWriteThink | Lesson | 3-5
Using Snowflake Bentley as a model, students create a working definition of multigenre text and then use that definition to create their own multigenre piece about winter or another theme.

Magical World of Russian Fairy Tales

EDSITEment | Lesson | 3-5
By focusing on several imaginative and exciting Russian fairy tales, students review some of the common fairy tale elements and compare these stories to the more familiar European fairy tales.

Snow Goggles

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
Discover how the use of scientific inquiry can solve different kinds of problems, like blocking unwanted sunlight.

Putting the Ice in Hockey

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 6-8
This lesson helps students understand the relationship between molecular motion and the slippery properties of ice.

Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise

Science NetLinks | Lesson | 9-12
As students  consider when Frosty the Snowman met his demise (began to melt), they  apply the concept of carbon dating to gather evidence and extrapolate it to the past by creating a simple graph.

Analyzing Poetic Devices:  Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” and Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz”

EDSITEment | Lesson | 9-12
Students  study both the content and the form of these two poems, closely analyzing how each poem's use of poetic devices helps to convey and emphasize the poem's meaning.  This lesson’s poem, Those Winter Sundays, by Robert Hayden can be found on the EDSITEment selected website, American Academy of Poets -,

Knowledge or Instinct?  Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”

EDSITEment | Lesson | 9-12
Through a close reading of "To Build a Fire," Jack London's startling, and even cold, observation of a man's foolish confidence in the face of nature's power, students understand the use of narrative point of view and debate the distinction between knowledge and instinct.


Joseph Henry and the History of Weather Prediction in the U.S.

Smithsonian's History Explorer | Podcast with Teacher Guide | 6-8
Learn about the history of predicting weather in the United States directly from Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution--as interpreted by actor Dwane Starlin. Henry played a crucial role in creating a weather prediction service in the United States.

Cold Car Start

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Hear how the wind chill factor affects you and your car in a similar way.

Dangerous Hail

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Find out why hailstorms can cause property damage but rarely ever hurt people.

Smart Headlights

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Learn how scientists are designing "smart" headlights to improve visibility by illuminating the road ahead, but not raindrops or snowflakes.

Florida Freezes

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Frigid weather in Florida can cost farmers their crops. Discover how turning wetlands into farmland can create the very problem the farmers wanted to avoid.

Ping-Pong Avalanche

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Learn how ping-pong balls can help scientists predict the path of a deadly snow avalanche.

Cold Sensors

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Students may be familiar with being “chilled to the bone” but they’ll learn how you can also be chilled from inside the bone.


Snowflake Bentley illustrator Mary Azarian was born in 1940.

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Entry | K-2
Students catch snowflakes outdoors and sketch some of the structures, or grow their own snow crystals and examine them using magnifying glasses or microscopes.

It's Winter In the Northern Hemisphere

ReadWriteThink | Calendar Entry | K-2
Students brainstorm words or images that they associate with winter, select and read a picture book about winter, and compare the two using the interactive Venn Diagram.

Hockey Skates

History Explorer | Artifact | K-12
These skates were worn by Phil Verchota, a member of the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that astounded the world by capturing the gold medal at Lake Placid, New York.

Curling Stone

History Explorer | Artifact | K-12
Learn more about curling, a game of skill and tradition that debuted as a medal sport at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Cool Idea

Science NetLinks | Activity | 3-5
Students find out what happens to water and ice when a little salt gets thrown into the mix in this basic chemistry activity.

Star Search

Science NetLinks | Tool | 3-8
Use this interactive tool to locate constellations in the winter sky.

Fractal Tool

Illuminations | Tool | 3-12
Play with shapes that grow, shrink, and change with this tool that can create snowflakes.

South for the Winter

National Geographic Education | Maps/Resource | 5-12
Follow the migration paths of blue whales as they head south looking for abundant krill.

Snow Bound

National Geographic Education | Article/Resource | 5-12
John "Snowshoe" Thompson's statue in Nevada pays tribute to a brave man who brought mail to people snowbound during fierce winter storms.

Science of the Olympic Winter Games

Science NetLinks | Resource | 6-8
Athletes and coaches explain the physics, biology, chemistry, and materials engineering behind winter sports.


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