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Snow and Ice Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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Got the winter blahs? This library lesson includes everything you need to celebrate snow and ice! The first part is a discussion of animal adaptations to cold weather. The second part includes fun facts, trivia, would-you-rathers, and more! Editable.

This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students about winter, snow, and animals that live in cold climates is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This 74-slide lesson is completely editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 74-slide PowerPoint + Google Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. The first 21 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to preface a winter-themed read-aloud. 51 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 17 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for K-6 books set during winter.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)

18 Class Discussion Slides include:

  • Original storytime song
  • Sign language slide and how-to link (“winter”)
  • Discussion of how animals adapt to cold weather. Includes: fur, feathers, blubber, hibernation, brumation, going deep, burrowing, migration, huddle up, change color, and store food.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-6.

51 Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • Vocabulary words: hemisphere and down feathers
  • Includes facts and definitions about winter, snow, and ice including information about: Winter Solstice, the Iditarod, world’s snowiest city, why Arctic wolves are not endangered, aurora borealis, longest migration, and Zambonis.
  • Includes facts about all of the following animals: polar bears, snowshoe hares, cardinals, walruses, bats, blue whale, crocodiles, mice, monarch butterflies, penguins, Arctic foxes, Arctic wolves, squirrels, sea otters, moose, snow leopards, narwhals, Arctic terns, hummingbirds, and caribou/reindeer.
  • 17 visual booktalks; includes 6 picture books, 6 fiction novels, and 4 nonfiction/biographies, and 1 poetry book.
  • 4 “Did you Know” slides
  • 1 True/False slide with answer (2 slides)
  • “Would you rather?” (3 slides)
  • “What am I?” (clues about an animal’s identity–2 slides)
  • 1 world record
  • 3 trivia questions with answers
  • 1 kid-friendly winter joke
  • This week’s birthdays

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the snow and ice picture books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.1. – D.2. – D.3. – D.4.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency. 

  • TEKS SCI.3.10.A
  • TEKS SCI.3.10.B.
  • TEKS SCI.4.10.A.
  • TEKS SCI.5.10.A.

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