: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to kick off the winter season? It's perfect for late December or January. How about using this Winter Time/Snow themed informational "fact find". Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
NOTE: Many facts deal specifically with the United States, so if you are in a different country, this might not be something you are interested in. Just wanted to let you know before you buy. :-)
Both Winter and Snow facts are included on this fact find.
Scroll down for a list of more fact finds.
FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List
Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this 'all about' Winter and Snow fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions.
This Winter activity is perfect to use any time during the winter season. Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes fun facts about Winter and Snow. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "Many animals migrate in the winter. This means they travel to places where the weather is warmer and food can be found more easily." The word underlined in the sentence is "migrate", and that is the word students will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'. One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference when they lack a writing topic. It's great for triggering ideas. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about winter and snow. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
**Please note that there are many other facts that could have been included, but these are the ones on the search.
The themed words included in the fact find word search are:
winter (one of four seasons)
temperatures (lowest in winter)
hemisphere (winter is at a different time in different hemispheres)
holidays (list of winter holidays)
Frozen (Disney movie - highest grossing animated musical)
ice crystals (how snow is formed)
precipitation (snow is one form)
six points (on snow flakes)
fall (average speed snowflakes fall)
clear (snow is really clear, but the sun reflecting and bouncing back makes it look white)
snowman (tallest on record)
snowflake (largest on record)
powder (light and fluffy snow)
seventy-five inches (largest snowfall in a 24 hour period in US)
Chionophobia (fear of snow - from greek root chion meaning snow)
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.