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December 19, 2010

Winter Writing

I saw this idea on The :

Unique holiday celebrations unfold when students spotlight their families’ favorite traditions. Have each child copy “Oh, what fun it is to…” near the top of plain white paper and illustrate a favorite holiday tradition in the remaining space. Then, on a sheet of writing paper, describe the tradition. Next, folds a piece of colorful construction paper in half. Keeping the fold at the top, glues the illustration on the front cover. Then, glue the written work inside it. Provide time for students to embellish their work with markers, crayons, and decorations. For added sparkle, have each child squeeze a thin trail of glitter glue around the oval on the front of her work.

The holiday song lyrics mentioned above sparked my brain for more winter writing ideas for January:

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland." - You could take your students on a winter walk and then write about it when they return.

"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" - Have student write what they do on a snowy day!

For those middle school English Teachers, I found some winter themed songs as well!

Song for a winter's night - Sarah McLachlan
Long December - Counting Crows
Winter - Tori Amos
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
Early Winter - Gwen Stefani
California Dreaming - Mamas and the Poppas

There are lots of great lyrics from these songs. With those older students, teachers can print up or play these songs. Use visualization and connections with the lyrics. Then have the students choose one line to use as their title for some beautiful, creative writing!

Happy Writing !

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