Seasons — Winter

Image: Frosty Footpath - winter snow  by Barbara on Flickr

Winter comes just after autumn. Days get shorter, temperatures drop and snow is recorded in many places. In New Zealand this season stretches from June to August. SCIS 1674384

See also: SpringSummerAutumnHeating and Cooling


Animals that live in the snow

Groups of animals that live in the snow and cold and how they have adapted to their surroundings.

Suggested level: primary
www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/snow/animals.html


Facts about Winter

Facts about winter with lots of extra links to other activities for winter

Suggested level: primary
www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/32-categories/holidaysseasons/133-winter.html


Many Answers
To discover information on the homework site Many Answers, use the search term ‘winter’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


Snow Facts

How snow is formed, different snow facts. Make a snowflake with this easy fun science experiment.

Suggested level: primary
www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/snow.html


What causes the seasons?
A concise understanding of what is rotation, revolution, the earth’s tilt and the position of the sun that causes seasons.

Suggested level: primary
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/treehouse/seasons.cfm?Slide=1


Winter Sports
Guidelines on how to have fun snowboarding or skiing while staying warm and safe in the snow.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/winter_sports.html#


Winter Storms

Information all about snowflakes, blizzards, how winter storms are formed and also lots of other information

Suggested level: primary
www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-winter-storms.htm


Winter time

Winter is the coldest season of the year. The days are short and the nights are long. We need to wear warm clothes to keep ourselves warm.

Suggested level: primary
www.turtlediary.com/kindergarten-games/science-games/seasons.html


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica School offers comprehensive information on seasons, at primary and advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://www.tki.org.nz/epic


Books
Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Twelve kinds of ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed, 2012 (fiction)
The big snuggle-up, by Brian Patten & Nicola Bayley, 2011 (picture book)
Brr: a book of winter, by II Sung Na, 2010 (picture book)

Videos
Learn About Animal Survival in Winter for Kids Read Along. Earlyknowledgekids. YouTube. 3:16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrC0bjIpVDk

Wonders of the Solar System – Winter Solstice. Science Channel. YouTube. 2:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz6p_0aSnDk