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Having fun in the winter! {Freebie!!}
11 Jan, 2014. 11 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Crafts, December, First Grade, First Grade Language, First Grade Science, Free, Kindergarten Science, Math, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Weather in Texas is so crazy. One day this week it was 29* when I woke up. The next day, my students were on the playground without coats on! To help my students understand the difference between the WEATHER and the TEMPERATURE we have been using our morning work time to focus on this skill. Each of my students has a “Winter Book” that has them record the weather and the temperature. 
 
Every morning, I display the temperature for my students to see. I use weather.com and display it on my television. When my students come in, they check the temperature and then take out their books. 
On each page of their books, my students record the degrees in Fahrenheit, what the weather is, and if they needed a coat. They also have a graph where they are creating a scatter plot graph. {so fancy!}
 
I love that this is helping them understand thermometers, weather, and temperature. It is also a great way to practice writing the days of the week! 
They are loving this morning work and are working so hard at it! 
Another activity that we loved this week was creating snowmen! This project took us two days to complete. It really was perfect because it helped reinforce inflections and sizes. We have been working on base words plus inflections so this really tied in to that. 
 
To begin, my students had to draw three circles on their light blue paper. They had to make sure the biggest circle was on the bottom and the smallest circle was on the top. 
After drawing them, they painted them using a mix of white acrylic paint and water color paint. {I used a little bit of acrylic paint to create a deep rich white color.}
Next we made some snow paint! {shaving cream, Elmer’s glue, and white glitter} We used this paint on our dark blue pieces of construction paper as the ground. 
The next day we cut out our snowmen, glued them to our dark blue paper, added details to the snowmen and added snowflakes. 
 They each came out so different and so cute!
On Friday we used snowmen to help us solidify our measurement skills. My students have been working so hard at measuring using standard and nonstandard units of measurement this week. We have had a ton of math investigations and this was by far our favorite. 
We loved watching this video from Sid the Science Kid earlier in the week to help us with this skill.
For the snowman measuring activity, I cut out a bunch of snowmen for my students to use as a measurement tool. We discussed if it was standard or nonstandard and they all agreed it was nonstandard. {SCORE!}
 
I then partnered my students up and had them measure three objects in the room with their snowmen and their rulers. They LOVED this! 
They were super careful to measure with precision. We talked about how there could be no gaps and that they had to be precise in their measurement. 
They carefully measured each other, the rug, and other classroom supplies. 
When they were finished with each object, they recorded their findings on their recording sheet. 
Some of my students transferred their knowledge that a ruler was 12 inches tall and practiced adding multiple addends of 12 to figure out their exact number of inches. 
They also used their knowledge of fractions! Many of their objects ended up being more than an inch. They were so excited to write their numbers with the fraction of 1/2. (Since we have only learned about halves so far, that is the fraction we used!) 
If you would like to have your students complete the snowmen measuring activity, it is free!! Simply click on the picture below to grab it! {The Freebie includes teacher directions, multiple recording sheets, that even kinders could use, and the Common Core standards that this lesson hits!} 
Enjoy!!
 
If you are interested in the snowman craft or the temperature book, they can be found in my Science for All Seasons: Winter Edition Pack. Click on the picture below to get taken to it! 
 
 

I hope that you are having a great weekend!
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11 Comments
  1. Thanks for the cute freebie. Love seeing pictures of your kids in action and love how you have them work on skills like temperature as part of their morning work. It is a great way to practice this in such a practical way. :)

  2. Thank you so much for the freebie, I was just looking for something to do next week with nonstandard and standard measurement. This is perfect.

  3. Thanks so much for the freebie! I had purchased both your winter science unit and your winter science, literacy and math unit so this will be a welcomed addition!

  4. Love this Freebie! You always think of everything…I especially love your options of standard and non-standard measuring tools along with the adorable snowmen! Thank you so!!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing! This is really cute! :)

  6. I just love everything you do!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  7. Just what I needed!!! Thanks for the freebie!

  8. Jodi -

    Your snowmen are absolutely adorable!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  9. The weather has been crazy! My poor dog has actually starting shedding already-I think her coat is confused. You know I didn’t even think to tie into lessons on temperature! Thank you for sharing that idea!

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful freebie!:)

    Alma
    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

  11. renee -

    Love this!

11 Comments

  • Thanks for the cute freebie. Love seeing pictures of your kids in action and love how you have them work on skills like temperature as part of their morning work. It is a great way to practice this in such a practical way. :)

  • Thank you so much for the freebie, I was just looking for something to do next week with nonstandard and standard measurement. This is perfect.

  • Thanks so much for the freebie! I had purchased both your winter science unit and your winter science, literacy and math unit so this will be a welcomed addition!

  • Love this Freebie! You always think of everything…I especially love your options of standard and non-standard measuring tools along with the adorable snowmen! Thank you so!!!!

  • Thanks for sharing! This is really cute! :)

  • I just love everything you do!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  • Just what I needed!!! Thanks for the freebie!

  • Jodi -

    Your snowmen are absolutely adorable!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  • The weather has been crazy! My poor dog has actually starting shedding already-I think her coat is confused. You know I didn’t even think to tie into lessons on temperature! Thank you for sharing that idea!

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  • Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful freebie!:)

    Alma
    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

  • renee -

    Love this!

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