Friday, December 13, 2013

Celebrate Snow in the Montessori Environment with Curriculum Activity Ideas

NAMC Montessori snow activities girl with mittens

If you are looking for ideas to present in the days before winter break, why not take a cue from the season and celebrate snow! For children, snow is full of wonder and can inspire great excitement — which makes it a great catalyst for sparking their interest in a range of topics. Using snow as the jumping off point, your students can explore climate, precipitation, crystal formations, historical events, geometry, animal adaptations, snow nomenclature, crystal classification, vocabulary, literature, art and so much more!

Montessori Curriculum Activities - Celebrating Snow!

Here are three ideas to get you started:

Examining Snowflakes

NAMC Montessori snow activities microscopic snow picture

Invite students to catch falling snowflakes on a piece of black paper. Encourage them to examine the snowflakes under a magnifying glass and describe what they see. Or, take the snowflakes inside and look at them (quickly) under a microscope. Discuss crystal formations and the types of snowflakes. Present the nomenclature associated with the snowflake formations. Invite the children to draw the snowflakes they see and classify them by type. CalTech’s Snow Crystal website has a helpful page describing the types of snowflakes.

Snowflake Art

NAMC Montessori snow activities 3d paper snowflakes

Invite students to make three-dimensional paper snowflakes in an activity that incorporates math, fine motor skills, and art! The snowflakes can be made from light cardstock, construction paper, or newspaper. For a unique look, invite students to use two-sided paper or paper with drawings on it. Once the snowflakes are complete, arrange to use them as decorations in a local community center, senior center, or hospital. You can view the full tutorial for making three-dimensional snowflakes at Handimania.

The Language of Snow

NAMC Montessori snow activities snowy field of grass

There are lots of different ways to describe snow. Skiers and snowboarders use colorful terms for the different textures of snow and people who live in cold climates often have a range of snowy descriptors. Share some terms with your students and discuss why people would need different words for “snow.” Ask students to research other terms or to come up with some of their own. Invite them to use creative snow descriptors in a poem or song. For a list of terms, visit ThinkQuest’s Snow Dictionary webpage.

Here are some more links to great snow ideas:

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, December 13, 2013.


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