Winter is here and it is a great time to start incorporating winter themes and activities in your elementary classroom. The winter season is long and cold and it can get a little dreary with the lack of sunshine and the longer nights. You can keep things bright and fun in your classroom though by using the weather to engage your students in exciting crafts and science experiments for the season!
There are so many creative ways to do this. For the younger kiddos, you might want to go with something simple and cute like penguin or snowman crafts and explaining the basics of what snow is. For the older students, you can really get creative and go into a little more depth with fun STEM activities.
There’s a reason I love STEM lessons so much.
It is so hands on and engaging which is vital in an elementary classroom with such young learners. It encourages critical thinking, creativity, participation, problem solving, and ingenuity. The skills students gain from STEM can literally be used for their whole lives.
What melts ice? What happens to rain when it’s cold? I love to embrace the season and weather and explore questions like this. It is a fantastic way to pique my students’ curiosity and increase their eagerness to learn about the science behind the longest and coldest season.
My Winter STEM Challenges resource are an easy way for you to incorporate winter STEM activities into your curriculum without much prep or planning.
It includes 6 unique and fun winter inspired STEM challenges. You will get both the print and digital version so you can use it in the classroom or distance learning. Your students will plan, design, engineer, solve problems, and collect data while having fun.
This winter STEM resource comes with everything you need. You’ll get:
- Google Slides Link
- Teacher Page
- Activity 1: Students build bird feeders using recycled materials
- Activity 2: Students conduct a glove experiment based on color
- Activity 3: Students conduct a glove experiment based on type “How warm are your gloves?”
- Activity 4: Students conduct a Winter Road Safety Experiment
- Activity 5: Students construct Cable Cars that can safely transport a passenger.
- Activity 6: Snowball Catapult
Do you have any favorite winter activities for the classroom? Let me know in the comments!
For more winter STEM inspiration, check out my holiday STEM activities here!