Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Read-Alouds

Hi-hip-hooray!  We had a little snow and a two hour delay today.  It got me thinking about a few of my favorite winter read-alouds.  

Missing Mittens by Stuart Murphy

     In this rhyming book, the animals on Farmer Bill's farm are each missing a mitten.  This is a great book to explore odd and even numbers.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft & Richard Van Gelder

     Find out how animals cope with winter's worst weather.  This is a great book to introduce the words migrate, hibernate, and adapt.

The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose

     This winter story-song tells the story of a teacher who introduces students to a new winter activity each day.

The Mitten by Jan Brett & The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt
     In this Ukrainian folktale, a boy's lost mitten is found by the woodland animals.  Reading both versions provides an opportunity for comparing and contrasting.  

The Hat is a great companion book to The Mitten.  Click here to visit Kristine's TpT store for a super cute venn diagram (freebie) to use with these two books.

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

     I've mentioned this book in another post.  It is so clever!  If you do not own this book, run right now and get your copy.  Your kids will love it!

Swim, Polar Bear, Swim! by Joan Stimson

     Polar Star has difficulty learning to swim in this beautifully illustrated picture book.  This book offers great lessons on unconditional love and perseverance.

Elmer in the Snow by David McKee

     Elmer's friends learn that hot and cold are only relative-and both can be fun.

The Magic School Bus in the Arctic by J. Cole & B. Degen

     Take a ride on the Magic School Bus to learn about heat.  This book is a great introduction to the topic of heat and insulation.  There is a fun experiment with insulating toast slices on the last page.

What are your favorite books and activities for the winter months?  Please share!  :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Wendy!

    I'm sorry it took me so long to respond, but thank you so much for stopping by my blog (A Dot Does a Lot)!! I wish I had stopped by yours a few hours ago because your post is just what I need! I have been hunting for new winter read aloud ideas this evening, so I am so excited to see your list here! Thank you!

    Hope you have a great week!
    A Dot Does a Lot