We have already had one snow day and two delayed starts for cold morning temperatures here in my Mid-western town of Columbus, Ohio. Students love to talk about snow days and winter, and I’m sure that even students in Southern and Western states discuss snow days, if just to complain that they don’t get them. Well, with these winter vocabulary worksheets, everyone can be talking about cold temperatures, even if they are not experiencing them directly.
Start your snow day celebrations by setting a chilly classroom atmosphere. No matter where you live, you can always host a “snow day” by having students design snowflakes to hang from the walls of your classroom, or ask them to bring in their favorite wooly scarves to wear on the days when you want to complete some of these winter vocabulary worksheets.
Winter-Themed Activities for Vocabulary
Design the Perfect Snow Day
My first — and favorite — winter-themed activity for vocabulary is to have students design their perfect snow day, using, of course, their own vocabulary. I hope your students’ snow days include plenty of exhilarating sledding and decadent hot chocolate, a chance to remain supine by sleeping in and to become erudite by reading a good book.
I love it when my students imagine and write about their perfect snow days, because the reality ends up being like something out of A Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd, as my children and I all struggle in and out of our heavy clothes to go sledding down our very small back hill. The hot chocolate still tastes delectable when we come back in, though!
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Think Like a Winter Athlete
The second winter-themed vocabulary worksheet centers around winter sports. I am fascinated by winter athletes and their skill at skiing, snowboarding, etc. Have students fill in the thought bubble of each athlete as they compete in each sport. Each thought bubble should contain at least one vocabulary word. I’m getting chilly just thinking about it!
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Color Your Snowman
When we have a two-hour delay or come back after having had a snow day, all of my students are super-energetic and have a hard time focusing. Having them color a snowman relaxes them and changes the mood in the classroom. Before or after they color, students should label the snowman with as many vocabulary words they can. I love this kind of winter vocabulary worksheets, as they relax students while recharging their minds.
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Let me know which of these winter-themed activities for vocabulary you like the best, and send me pictures of your classroom all decked out for a vocabulary snow day — I always love to hear about the vocabulary games and activities you try. You could even have students decorate the snowflakes themselves with vocabulary descriptions that are as unique as they are!
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