For many English language learners, their first snowfall in the United States may be the first they have ever experienced. It can be a magical experience, and it can also be a little overwhelming — and cold!
These resources are great for turning a snowy day into a memorable teaching moment.
Don't miss ELL teacher Amber Prentice describe her students' reactions to their first snowfall in the video clip below!
Booklists: Children's titles about winter weather
These cozy, snowy stories are perfect for bedtime or for curling up on the couch! From beautiful books about polar bears to first snowfalls, these stories will provide enjoyment for all readers.
Share the wonder of the winter season with these recommended books for children ages 0-9. You'll find books of fact and fiction as well as favorites both old and new.
What do short days, long nights, and cold weather mean? Winter is here! Even it doesn't snow where you live, you can enjoy anticipating snow, playing in it, and even seeing its colors in these and other books!
Lesson plans: Snow and winter vocabulary
Judie Haynes offers a number of great lesson plans related to snowy weather and vocabulary on everythingESL.net!
- Let It Snow!: Snow provides a real reason for beginning ESL students to use their English skills. Here is a sample lesson plan for grades K-3.
- How Weather Affects Our Lives: Cold winter weather in the Northeast region of the United States provides an excellent opportunity to teach a unit on weather to ESL students.
- Winter Puzzles: Got the winter blahs? Add a few games and puzzles to your winter ESL units. This is a good way to reinforce winter vocabulary and to teach younger children to do word puzzles.
- Snow Similes: Understanding how poets use words to paint pictures is a concept that can be taught to young students. The key is to start with an easy simile that is very visual. The combination of a big snowstorm and hands-on materials made this lesson successful.
For some other ideas related to winter activities and the science behind snow and ice, take a look at these ideas:
Video: The first snow day