The Wonder of Winter

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Winter is Coming -

With such a warm start to winter, you might be missing the cooler temperatures and snow which traditionally appear at this time of year. To suffice, please find resources exploring winter, snow, snowflakes, hibernation, adaptations, and more!

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It's Snowing! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

It's Snowing! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. The Tiger family sings about how each snowflake is different and special, just like people. Remind kids why they are special and unique. It is important that they feel loved!


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades PreK-1.

Dinosaurs in the Snow

Dinosaurs in the Snow. In this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon family visits the North Pole. They learn how snow is formed, that the North Pole is dark during the winter because the Earth is tilting away from the sun, and that many creatures live in the north pole and have adapted to it with features such as feathers.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Snow Search | Sid the Science Kid: Games

Snow Search | Sid the Science Kid: Games. Use a map to find hidden items with this Flash interactive.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades PreK-1.

Between the Lions - Ethan and the Snow

Between the Lions - Ethan and the Snow. Explore winter clothing as a boy named Ethan gets ready to go outside by putting on different articles of clothing, from Between the Lions: "Like a Windy Day." Each time he looks out the window and sees snow, he puts on another article of clothing to keep warm.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Poem: Big Snow

Poem: Big Snow. This video segment from Between the Lions is an animated poem that rhymes. Snow falls all over the city and then a snow plow pushes snow. This video segment provides a resource for Phonological Awareness.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Weather Fitness Lesson Plan

Weather Fitness Lesson Plan. In this lesson, students “rediscover” weather as they use movement to act it out. Using their whole body to bend, stretch and exercise, students follow along as the teacher calls out and moves different types of weather. Students get to use their cognitive and psychomotor skills while acting out different types of weather such a rain, snow and a rainbow using various exercises.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades K-5.

Sledding Otter-Style | Wild Kratts

Sledding Otter-Style | Wild Kratts. Join the Wild Kratt gang as they go sledding with an otter, a natural sledder! Their soft, warm fur next to their skin keeps them warm, even when they're sliding on their bellies. They also see that geese can stand on ice without getting cold. However, Martin isn't so lucky!


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Grades 3-4.

The Sled Dogs of the Arctic Circle | Nature

The Sled Dogs of the Arctic Circle | Nature. In this Nature video, we learn how the Inuits of the Arctic Circle rely on their dogs. Existing on a diet of snow and seal blubber (fat), these dogs pull the sleds of the Inuits and protect them from wild animals. Multiple dogs pull together to maintain the stability of the sled. Sled dogs sometimes run the equivalent of five marathons (5 x 26.2 miles = 131 miles) per day. They will be the first to fall through the ice if there is a crack, but they recover from the cold plunge quickly. The dogs have evolved to master the harsh environment.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 3-12.

Snow Shelter

Snow Shelter. These kids dig it, jump in it, ski on it and snowboard over it. But snow isn't always fun. If you get stranded in mountains during a blizzard, it can be very dangerous. That's why Morgan, Rio and Thianna want to know if there's any way snow can keep them warm.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 4-6.

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter. In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn how animals survive the change in conditions that occurs each winter. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a science focus on varied physical and behavioral adaptations. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.


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Grades 5-8.

Games of the North: Data & Graphing

Games of the North: Data & Graphing. Learn about some of the events held at the Arctic Winter Games, an annual celebration of athletics and culture in the far northern latitudes, in this video from Center for Asian American Media. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use statistical tools, including histograms and box plots, to determine how event results have changed over time. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.


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Grades 5-8.

Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes?

Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? In this media-rich lesson, students learn the physics of snowflake formation. They build an apparatus to grow their own snow crystals and explore how the forces that act on water molecules result in the hexagonal shapes of snowflakes.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades 6-8.

Snowflake Physics

Snowflake Physics. Explore the formation and molecular structure of ice and learn how the typical six-sided shape of snowflakes is due to the arrangement of water molecules in a hexagonal crystal lattice. Discover how snowflakes form and how different conditions affect their growth and morphology.


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Grades 6-12.

NOVA: Frozen Frogs

NOVA: Frozen Frogs. In this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, learn how the common wood frog survives the cold winter. Wood frogs are found in the northern United States and Canada and must endure freezing cold temperatures for parts of the year. In order to survive the cold, they have a special adaptation—they are able to freeze solid without damaging their cells. Sugar acts like a natural antifreeze in their bodies, allowing them to spend the winter frozen and then resume function in the spring.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 6-12.

There's No Such Thing As Cold | It's Okay To Be Smart | PBS Digital Studios

There's No Such Thing As Cold | It's Okay To Be Smart | PBS Digital Studios. In this video from It's Okay To Be Smart, learn the difference between heat and temperature, why a wind makes us feel colder, and what it's like to live as a mass of jiggling atoms. This is the physics of cold. You've felt cold before. Sometimes it's cold outside. But what if I told you that "cold" isn't real? There's no substance or quantity called "cold" in science. We can't measure the amount of "cold" in something. Instead it's about what's NOT there.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 6-12.

The Science of Snowflakes | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios

The Science of Snowflakes | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios. Snowflakes are infinitely beautiful, but are they infinitely unique? Here's all the science behind Earth's favorite cold crystal from Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay To Be Smart.


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Grades 6-13+.

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