Wintery Resources to Jumpstart the New Year

Winter is here, and these winter resource FREEBIES will be a great help in the coming weeks.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?  Well, I sure do not think it's going to happen since it's a muddy mess outside, but never fear, the white stuff will be here soon. For today, we'll just dream about it as I share wintery resources from a few bloggy friends who have donated them for the giveaway in progress. 

New Year's Traditions Around the World: A Look at 8 CountriesThe first is from Pawsitively Teaching. Have you dropped by to visit her blog?  You will love the dog themed blog design, but this resource is pretty neat too. Many spend the weeks prior to Christmas learning about holiday traditions around the world, and with this bundle, students can learn how others celebrate the new year too. Here's a list of what's included:

Nonfiction Reading Passages (9 Passages Included) with Authentic Pictures
Comprehension Questions with Text Based Questions
Custom Graphic Organizers to Record Facts About Each Country
Passport with Country Flag Stamps
Traveler's Journal to Record Learning
Graphic Organizers
3 Part Vocabulary Cards with Authentic Pictures
Informative Writing Paragraph

As we dig into the second semester (in a few weeks), it's a great time to reflect on the first semester and refocus for the remainder. Here are a few suggestions from Pawsitively Teaching:
Looking to improve your students' reading ability in the content areas? While we may not "teach" reading during science and social studies, all teachers can model their own reading processes and strategies in front of their students. Kids need to see models of successful adult readers in the content areas just like they see them in language arts. One of the most common strategy employed by students when they encounter a difficult part of a text is simply to stop reading it. They need explicit training and frequent reminders to develop strategies to be successful with nonfiction text. While strategies are valuable to students when reading literature, they are almost certainly required for success when reading non-fiction. We need to be explicit about specific strategies kids can use when they tackle tougher texts in the content areas.
Snow Much Fun Color by the CodeThe second resources comes from my friend Julie at Second Grade Surprises.  Her "Snow Much Fun" color by the code set will help your students practice a variety of math skills. I used to love these when I was young, and this set will be great for homework or extra practice.  

Julie's tip for you is:
To keep all my materials organized, I keep put my materials into binders. For each lesson, I group the materials in tubs so I can pick them up and go. It helps us keep on schedule.
Jan Brett Author Study
In addition to these two products, I am also sharing my Jan Brett author study. This bundle is perfect for the winter months and includes materials to go with eleven different titles. It will easily provide the winner with print and go materials for the next few months.

If you haven't used author studies, I'd encourage you to give it a try.
Talk with your librarian to select 5-6 authors to feature during your school year. Use the author's books to model reading skills, wet your students' appetites for more, and provide your students with a little exposure to other books written by the author. When selecting authors to feature, be sure they have enough books published to be able to share some in lessons and recommend others for follow up reading.
In addition to these donations, these bloggers have shared a few freebies too.  Check them out by clicking the images below.
"Snow" Much Fun Color by the Code---FREEBIE   Classroom Bin Labels

New Year's Traditions Around the World: A Switzerland Samp  Winter Break Reading Bingo

Here are two winter freebies from me too.
Build a Snowman Winter Reading Incentive Freebie  January Spelling Menu Freebie

Merry Christmas readers! Sending you warm thoughts on an unseasonably warm night.


  1. Thanks for sharing such a great post! You have included so many great ideas that will be very helpful as we kick off the 2nd semester.

    1. I greatly appreciate your donation to the giveaway. Merry Christmas!!

  2. Love the post!!! I had been away for the holidays and just saw this--thanks so much for featuring some of my products!!


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