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Winter Sports Read Alouds and Activities


 
It’s almost that time of the year when we teach our kiddos about all things Winter Sports and Winter Olympics.  I love to do read alouds, crafts, writing activities, and much more to teach students about the Winter Games.  If you are looking for some great activity ideas…you are in the right place!  I have compiled a list of activities that are perfect for Winter Sports!

 
This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.


The Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are the 23rd Winter Olympics.  They will be held from February 9th to February 25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

 
 
Winter Sports and Olympics Read Alouds
Read alouds bring student learning to life.  Students are able to see real world pictures and gain new knowledge through visuals and text.  It is very beneficial for students to be able to see and learn about the various winter sports.  Let’s check out some of my favorite fiction and non-fiction books!
 
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Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester
When I taught first grade, Tacky the Penguin was one of my students' favorite book characters.  This story is about Tacky and his penguin friends as they work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the winter games. This book has many of the winter sports in it that your students will be learning about such as bobsledding, ski jump, and speed skating. 
Extension Activity:  Help your students make a text-to-world connection with his book.  Complete a bubble map with the focus being Olympic Athletes.  Students will give adjectives that describe Olympic athletes such as hardworking, brave, tough, strong, etc.
 
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Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics by Yossi Lapid
This book is great because your students will learn a valuable lesson about honesty.  Snowman Paul wants to win the Winter Olympics so bad that he cheats and he has a big decision to make about being honest. 
Extension Activity:  Students can respond in writing to the question...Why is it important to be honest?  Have students to identify ways that Snowman Paul was honest.
 
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Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson
When this pig is told that he cant compete in the Olympics...he sets out to prove everyone. It's just great practice for the Winter Games! This story is about teamwork and shows that sometimes the underdog can come out on top. 
Extension Activity:  Focus on the pig's feelings throughout the book.  Complete a beginning middle end chart focusing on how pig felt throughout the story.  Have students prove their ideas with text evidence.
 

The Winter Olympics by Larry Brimner
This is an awesome non-fiction read aloud for your students to learn a lot of background knowledge on the winter Olympics and many of the different winter sports that are played. 
Extension Activity:  As a class, begin a KWL chart and have students to fill in what they know and want to know.  After reading, have students tell what they learned and record on chart paper.
 
 
 
The Winter Olympics by Andy Seed
This is another awesome non-fiction read aloud for your students to learn a lot of background knowledge on the winter Olympics and many of the different winter sports that are played. 
Extension Activity:  As a class, begin a KWL chart and have students to fill in what they know and want to know.  After reading, have students tell what they learned and record on chart paper.
 
 
 
 
 
Ice Hockey and Curling by Robin Johnson
This is another awesome non-fiction read aloud for your students to learn a lot about winter sports.  This book is in a series.  There are other books that focus on the different winter sports. 
Extension Activity:  You could use these books with research projects.  Pair your students into teams or groups.  Each group or pair could be responsible for a winter sport.  Students could make powerpoint presentations and present their findings to the class.
 
 
Winter Sports and Olympics Activities
 
Edible Olympic Medals by Create Craft Love
This is so cute!  Your students can make their own medals and then eat them!
Whip up these Edible Olympic Medals for the Opening Ceremonies! via createcraftlove.com
 
 
Edible Olympic Medals by Living Well Spending Less
 
This looks yummy!  Your students can make their own torches and then eat them!
 
Simple Kid Friendly Olympics Party | Olympics Themed Party | Olympics Party Ideas | Fun-O-lympics | Olympics Party Food | Backyard Olympic Games | Olympic Birthday | Mini Olympics | Olympic Ring Pizza | Medal Cookies | Cheetos | Strawberry Blueberry Pound Cake Trifle | free printables
 
 
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This unit is jam packed with everything you need to teach about the Winter Olympics and Winter Sports.  Check out the unit below!!
The unit contains easy to follow lesson plans for an entire week!
This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.
 
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This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.

This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.

This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.

This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.

This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.
 
 
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This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.
 
 
 
This is a Winter Sports and Winter Olympics themed pack that is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms to learn more about winter sports.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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5 Tips for Number Talks

So you learned in my first post in this series about Number Talks and how to do them in your classroom.  I recommend reading that post here if you haven't already.  There is a freebie in it for you!

Number Talks: 8 Tips and Tricks to better Number Talks!


I introduced number talks at my school on last year and they have made a difference in many classrooms. I know they can for you too! I have put together a list of tips that will help you as you continue your number talks journey.  In this post, you will learn my top 5 tips for better number talks.

1.  Set a Timer
Number Talks should be between 5-15 minutes depending on the amount of time you have in your math block.  Number Talks are very engaging and sometimes you can lose track of time.  Setting a timer will keep your math block on track.  You can always continue a number talk over to the next day if you are not finished.  If you need a timer resource, check out the free online timer here.

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2. Develop an Ongoing List of Strategies
Your students need visual reminders of the strategies you have taught them and that they already know.  As you introduce strategies, add them to a strategies anchor chart.  When students are prompted to use strategies during number talks, they can refer to the chart to help them solve the problem.  A struggle I have seen as a teacher is that most students choose the same strategy.  This is a great way to get more diverse strategies from students. Check out the example below!



3. Set Expectations
It is important to establish an inviting culture and climate for number talks.  Before beginning, make sure to set expectations as a class.  These expectations should be discussed and explained by the class.  Check out the example below!

 
 
4. Plan and Rehearse Number Talks
When you do a number talk in real time, it can be hard to record on the spot.  I have found that rehearsing and planning before hand makes it flow better.  I am also able to think of strategies students may use and practice recording the strategies.  I have a freebie number talks planning template for you!  Check it out here!





5.  Student Math Conversations
Allowing time during number talks for students to have math conversations enables students to think deeply about math.  You can establish math talk partners and change them periodically.  Below you can see some of the accountable talk stems I use for number talks.  They are editable and available in my TPT store. 



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My Favorite Back to School Read Alouds


I love reading books aloud to students and seeing how happy stories make them.  This is a great way to build a great classroom culture at the beginning of the school year.  If you want to see some awesome read alouds for back to school then you are in the right place!!


1. The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing
This is a great book to read to first graders.  It talks about the previous year in kindergarten in the book.  It helps the kids to think about the previous year and a brand new year.  It also discusses it being okay if you are not in the same room with a friend from the previous year.

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2.  Mouse's First Day by Lauren Thompson
This is a good book that has surprises on each page.  The kids guess what mouse sees at school just by looking at a small piece of the item.  For example: a pencil.  Just a fun read aloud.




3. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
This book has my name written all over it.  I think I am more nervous on the first day than my kiddos.  I truly have sweaty palms and the nervous shakes.  But after a few weeks its smooth sailing.....hopefully.






4. Howard B, Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!  My mom bought it for me and it so good with teaching students the proper rules for school.  In the beginning of the book Howard doesn't listen.  It shows the bad things that could happen from not listening.  By the end of the book, it shows Howard listening.  He is happy at the end because he is a good listener.






5.  David Goes to School by David Shannon
This book is a must for the beginning of the school year.  It goes well with a rules lesson.  Each page shows a rule that David breaks.  At this time, for each page, we discuss why David should not act this way.  This book really helps the students think about good vs. bad choices.



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Setting expectations freebie for primary learners is perfect for your back to school lessons.  Watch your students learn how to become responsible citizens by reviewing these key good versus bad behaviors!
 
 
6. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
I like to use this book to discuss bullying and names.  It is important to teach students about bullying because even at a young age it happens a lot.  We have a lot of fun using this book to complete activities using each student's name.






7. Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
This is the newest book I have added to my collection.  We had so much fun jammin with Pete. I love my BLUE shoes! I love my BLUE shoes!  They really danced along and sang the song.  The cd of the book is awesome and it was a fun book for the first week of school.






8.  The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
I think this book will forever be my favorite back to school book.  It is just so sweet and the students really love the kissing hand secret.  I don't know if this book was out when I was little but I know I would have loved it.  I definitely needed it! I was such a daddy's girl and wanting to stay at home with him.





9.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle/Bill Martin Jr.
What more can I say?  One of the most popular children's book I know. Love it!!!





10. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
A great book for letter recognition and matching uppercase/lowercase letters.  The video is super cute! It is on YouTube here!




 

I hope these read aloud suggestions help make back to school a breeze!

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This is a list of 10 awesome back to school read alouds that are perfect for the first week of school.

 
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How to make your own Guided Math Toolkits?


I love the Balanced Math framework which includes Spiral Review, Mental Math, Content Lesson, Guided Math, Centers, and Closure.  On last school year, I helped my school implement guided math toolkits for all teachers.  I have been getting many questions about how we use them and what’s included.  If you are looking to make your own guided math toolkits…..you are in the right spot!


Why and when would I need a guided math toolkit?
A guided math toolkit is very helpful when you are doing small group math lessons and rotations.  It is a way to have everything you need on hand and in a convenient place.  Our guided math toolkits consist of various math manipulatives depending upon the grade level.

What materials are needed to get started?
I will list the contents for each toolkit below by grade level.  Other than that…you will need a bucket and a label to put on the bucket.  I used the freebie labels from The Creative Classroom.  You can get them HERE!

Guided Math Toolkit Materials
120 Charts from Carson Dellosa

Counters from Lakeshore

Ten Frame Dice from Lakeshore

Pattern Block Dice from Oriental Trading

Foam Math Dice from Lakeshore

Ten Frame Flashcards from Lakeshore

Number Lines

Ten Frames from Lakeshore

Mini Dry Erase Clocks by Lakeshore

Dice within Dice from School Specialty

Pattern Blocks 

Place Value Blocks from Lakeshore

Fluency Flash Cards from Lakeshore


I hope these Guided Math Toolkit Ideas help make your guided math a breeze!
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