Note: Updated on December 31, 2013. These 12 activities were designed to be used either as whole class activities or to be used by individuals who are gifted/talented and need differentiation or students who often or always complete their work before their classmates. Most of the activities reinforce language arts skills. All of the activities promote fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. The twelve activities are:
1. Hot Chocolate Words – Students identify words that can be made using letters in ‘Hot Chocolate Words.’ Students earn points for words and longer words earn more points.
2. Life In A Snow Globe – Students imagine and draw an idyllic world in which they and their families live in snow globes.
3. Advantages/Disadvantages of Snow Globe Life – Students use analysis and reasoning to identify the good/bad points of living in a self-contained system.
4. Winter Anagrams – Students unscramble words and phrases to identify a winter-related word.
5. Wintertime Scattergories – Like the regular Scattergories game except all category answers need to be related, in some way, to winter. A second copy with blanks has been included so you can choose the letters used.
6. Winter Analogies – Students analyze word pairs to determine their relationship, then compare the words to a third word in order to determine what the fourth word, that completes the analogy, is.
7. Winter Hink Pinks – Students use analysis, word knowledge and references (dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionaries) to identify rhyming word pairs that match a definition.
8. Thoughts About Winter – Students use fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality to record their thoughts about questions related to winter.
9. I Got the Wintertime Blues – Students use analysis, reasoning, and word knowledge as well as dictionaries to answer questions about words containing the word ‘blue’ in them.
10. Winter Words Category Sort - Students use fluency and flexibility to sort dozens of winter-related words into categories.
11. Winter Wonderland Words – Students use analysis, reasoning, word and spelling knowledge to identify words that are “hidden” in ‘Winter Wonderland.’
12.Winter Listing - Students use fluency, flexibility, and out-of the box
thinking to think of and list words that fit into winter-related categories.
A student menu has been provided if you wish to have your students keep track of the activities they have completed.