Reoccurring cold weather means one thing — the winter season is at its’ height. Winter weather may be seen as an inconvenience by many, but children in particular often see it as an opportunity to get excited, especially if snow is involved. Snow in the forecast might bring visions of rowdy children stuck indoors to the minds of many educators, but with the right activities, you can bring all the fun of a snow day inside with lessons that embrace winter weather!
The following activity is perfect way to bring the fun of winter weather into a lesson plan!
Snowball Fight! by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Adam Stower
- What's the Book About?
Siblings wake up to the news that school is cancelled due to inclement weather. The two plan a snowball fight with their neighborhood friends. Once everyone has arrived the group has a fun-filled snowball fight. The story celebrates a classic, childhood, winter game.
- Theme Connections
- Lesson Objectives
- Experience repetition in text.
- Experience rhyming text.
- Explore interpretive movement.
- Action Vocabulary
- Concepts Explored
- Competitive activities
- Developing Literacy Skills
- Introduce the book's author, Jimmy Fallon, and illustrator, Adam Stower. Read the title to the children and ask them to predict what will happen.
- Invite the children to use their imaginations to picture the snowball fight.
- Prior to reading the story, have a conversation with the children about competitions and how the goal is to have fun.
- Read the repeated phrase in the book and ask the children to repeat the phrase after you say it. Invite them to say the phrase with you every time it is read in the book.
- After reading, ask the children to share their experiences playing in the snow. If you live in an area that does not get much snow (or none at all) have the children imagine and share what they would do.
- Moving to the Story
- Masking tape
- Old newspapers or magazines
- Divide the children into two groups (with one on each side of the room) that are evenly matched physically.
- Place a piece of tape on the floor in the middle of the room. Place several piles of old newspapers or magazine pages on each side of the room.
- When you say, “go,” the children quickly make paper balls (snowballs) and toss them at the opposing side. When a child is hit with a snowball, the child must move over to the other side.
- Note: With young children, make the paper snowballs ahead of time.
- After a period of time, stop the game and see which side has acquired the most players.
- Developing Motor Skills
Snowball Target Toss
- Targets (cardboard boxes or buckets, hoops, or cutout snowflakes)
- Snowballs (foam balls, beanbags, or paper balls)
- Arrange several target stations around the room. Provide numerous targets of various heights and distances at each station.
- Ask the children to find a partner. Provide each child at least 3 snowballs.
- The children will throw the snowballs at each station and try to hit the targets.
- Provide a hoop at each station for the children to throw from and to return their snowballs to when they have finished.
For more great activities that connect literacy and movement, check out Read! Move! Learn!