My kids and I are super excited about our winter units every year. We really delve into all of the awesome topics that The winter season has to offer. We have learned so much in the past years including lessons about animals in winter like hibernation, migration and adaptation.
In this post, I will share with you five tips on how you can teach your own animals in winter units to your kids at home. I am also really awesome stores and a free printable said you can use right away in your unit.
I really love this unit. And I hope that you and your kids will enjoy all of these tips as much as every single year during winter.
Tip 1: Have Resources for your Animals in Winter Unit
This tip is instrumental, especially if you have younger children or if you have kinesthetic learners. That means that you have kids that like hands-on activities and like to touch things and feel things because that is the way that they learn best.
Here are some awesome resources that we have at home and that use regularly, not only for our animals in winter unit, but for other lessons as well:
Tip 2: Get Awesome Printables for your Animals in Winter Unit
Aside from the free printable that you will get in this post that is a set of notebooking pages for hibernation, migration and adaptation, you can get an actual winter unit sent with all the printable’s that you would need for it right here on my blog.
We have so many great activities that you can download and print immediately and for very small price, compared to all the time that you would spend having to collect all of these materials from all over the web.
Check out exactly what all of the printables that we have in our animals winter unit. You can pick between the printable sent of the activities and the e-book.
Both have the same activities, but the difference is that the funder has the printable’s only and that the book has all the instructions on how to use the activities as well as more ideas and resources that you will find helpful. Below, you can see which activities are included in these sets.
– Animals in Winter: Migration, Hibernation & Adaptation
– Animals that Hibernate Cards
– Animals that Hibernate Coloring Pages
– Animals that Migrate Cards
– Animals the Migrate Coloring Pages
– 17 Printable Pictures of – Animals that Adapt in Winter
– Animales en Invierno (Animals in Winter)
– Animals the Adapt in Winter Coloring Pages
– Animals in Winter: Hibernation, Adaptation and Migration Printable Craft
- Go to the animals in winter bundle (printables only) HERE.
- Go to the animals in winter e-book (printables plus instructions, resources and additional ideas) HERE.
Tip 3: Include Hands-on Activities in your Animals in Winter Unit
My children absolutely LOVE hands-on activities, as do most children. They are kinesthetic learners, so they are always looking at touching and feeling things as this helps them learn better. One of our favorite things to set up are sensory bins. I made some using white flour for snow. It was a lot of fun.
Take a look at the different ones we made and hopefully, you will be inspired to make your own with your kids. You can also make your own fake snow for it, if you prefer it over white flour. Just click on any post you like to find out how to make them and set them up.
Tip 4: Read Relevant Books on Animals in Winter
Reading relevant books about the animals in Winter unit has a two-fold benefit: children will learn so much from these books because they give lots of helpful information and they help understand the concepts of hibernation, migration and adaptation much better. The second benefit is that they can use these same books for Tip 5 below. 🙂
Here is a list of some of the many, many books on animals in Winter that we have read over the years. Some are our favorites and we read them every year when we do our animals in Winter unit. You can see them below:
Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)All About Animals in Winter (CelebrateOver and Under the SnowHow and Why Animals Prepare forAnimals in Winter (Bullfrog Books: WhatWinter World: The Ingenuity of AnimalBirds in Winter (Bullfrog Books: WhatAnimals in Winter (Rosen Real Readers)Field Guide to Tracking Animals inWhat Do Critters Do in the
Tip 5: Use Notebooking Pages when you do Animals in Winter Research
Notebooking pages are the best when it comes to classical learning, but really, to homeschooling in general. Why? Because children learn to read and do research to find relevant information within the text. Also, when you have discussions on your animals in Winter unit, children might have questions.
The best thing is to have the children write their questions down so they can look for the answers themselves in the books that you read. It will give your children a great sense of independence and accomplishment when they learn to learn and to search for the answers to their own questions.
Here, you will have a chance to get this free printable to get you started. There are 6 notebooking ages altogether. We have 2 for hibernation, 2 for migration and 2 for adaptation. One of each has primary lines for children who are beginning to write and the rest have regular lines, for the older children that will need to write more.
All you have to do is enter your email below and check your email inbox for the download. Enjoy!
Thanks for visiting our 5 Tips to Teaching and Animals in Winter Unit – Hibernation, Migration and Adaptation post!
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