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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 21
    It's Winter in the Northern Hemisphere!
    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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 7
    The Winter Olympics begin today!
    Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition, using the 2014 Winter Olympics games in Sochi as the backdrop.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch
    Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Let’s Build a Snowman
    In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance
    Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem “Those Winter Sundays.”
  6. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Writing Our Communities: Local Learning and Public Culture
    Student engagement with community becomes the centerpiece of the book, an engagement that takes place across disciplines through projects involving history, environment, culture, and much more.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds
    Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing
    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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry
    Diamante Poems
    In this app, users can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Examples of both kinds of diamante poems can be viewed online or printed out.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading
    Students develop close reading skills connecting sound with sense in the poem “Those Winter Sundays,” and write an original text that reflects their new learning.

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