Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A winter post...but where's winter?

Okay, seriously, I have had it with this weather!  Ahh!
For those of you who don't know...I live in Toronto, Canada and, well, let's just say that winter time here "ain't so pleasant!"...every year but this one that is!
Last night we had a mini snowstorm.  It looked beautiful outside but the driving conditions...TERRIBLE!
Today...it was over 10 degrees (Celsius by the way).  What?!?!

So you tell me...how am I supposed to teach my kinders all about winter when it really doesn't feel like winter?  I pulled out some wonderful books and went with that approach instead!
(Who am I kidding, I love milder days, dont' care much for snow!)

Here's what we did in our classroom these past few days.

How cute did these drawings come out?  We made our own winter scene.
We learned about graphing and counted and graphed
Mr. Snowman's clothes.
Okay, I don't know about your class but my students *love* playing games!  So I put out this fun little number...couldn't get them away from this centre!

I posted this as a freebie a while back but in case you missed it you can download your own copy of the
Roll-a-Snowman game here.
Sorry for the poor picture. I realized how bad it is after the fact...but it is a cute activity my kiddies played at another math centre.  They spin the spinner and colour that many snowflakes. 
You can find all of these activities (and LOTS more) in my Winter Wonderland unit on TpT.
As for this week, we have a special Scientist in the School workshop tomorrow (so excited that another person will be teaching my kiddies and I get to have fun learning with them!) and then it's on to Groundhog Day!  We started talking about shadows and our little friend Wiarton Willy.  We will be learning more about him tomorrow and (of course) on Thursday awaiting his big appearance.

I am thrilled to be working with Suzan Linch and other kindergarten teachers from near Washington, D.C. on a Groundhog Day project.  Our kiddies will be predicting and graphing the weather for the next 6 weeks, learning about our two furry friends (the one up here in Canada and down in the USA) and, of course, what Kindergarten class wouldn't be complete without some cute crafts!  I'm so looking forward to hearing what the kinders from D.C. report back!
I'll post the craft tomorrow night...it's too cute!

Happy hump day tomorrow!

6 comments:

  1. It was 53 here!! Kids wanted to take their coats off at recess!! BTW your winter stuff looks awesome!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  2. I am so right there with you - I'm in Michigan and it was 55 today!!!!! Just. Plain. Wrong. I want 20's...I want snow....I want cold...I want fires in the fireplace!

    Love your cute ideas!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  3. I love your art project! You are soooo creative!

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  4. It's been mid to high 60s the past few weeks here in California! We had a week of 30s in the morning at the beginning of January. Soooo not winter weather!

    WILD About First Grade!

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  5. I LOVE those windows! Did you cut the windows out for your kids?? I tried doing that for one of my Christmas Around the World activities, and WOW, was THAT hard for them!


    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

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  6. Wow! That's crazy warm for Toronto! It's been mild in Victoria, too, but not so out of the ordinary in this part of the Great North.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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