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As we head intoipad-1126136_1920.jpg Winter Break, this is a great time to hook students on reading. By assigning students to read winter related books over the break, it gives them something to do to avoid boredom while motivating them to learn new things. There is something for all learners.  Here are a few of my favorites.


Screen Shot 2016-12-12 at 6.52.24 PM.png By Ann Herriges ISBN: 1600140300 Bellwether Media Inc.

From the publisher, “Winter brings ice, snow, and cold temperatures. Some animals hibernate while others change their habits to survive the cold months. Readers will learn about how people, animals, and plants deal with the cold, chilly weather of winter! Blastoff! Series.”

Intermediate Grades

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 7.47.31 PM.pngDana Meachen Rau ISBN: 9781624312168 Cherry Lake Publishing

From the publisher, “Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the winter season”


Jan_18_blog_3.jpgBy Marilyn La Penta ISBN: 9781617727924 Bearport Publishing

From the publisher, “The mouthwatering recipes in Winter Punches to Nut Crunches will make kids want to come out of hibernation! With lots of healthy winter fruits and vegetables in supply, making recipes like Peppermint Hot Chocolate, St. Patricks Green Smoothie, and Nut-and-Honey Bars will be fun and easy for even the youngest of cooks. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. These recipes will get tummies growling!”

Middle School

Screen Shot 2016-12-12 at 6.57.10 PM.png By Sarah Tieck ISBN: 9781617872532 ABDO

From the publisher, “Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn! This book introduces readers to Vonn’s childhood, family background, rise to fame, and future plans. Readers will learn about Vonn’s journey to become professional skier, from her father’s early lessons to her break into international races. Vonn’s performances in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics are covered, leading up to her first Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Olympics.”


Screen Shot 2016-12-12 at 6.59.11 PM.png By Sarah Tieck  ISBN: 9781617872549 ABDO

From the publisher, “This book introduces readers to White’s childhood, family background, rise to fame, and future plans. Readers will learn about his background in surfing, skiing, and on to snowboarding and skateboarding, as well as how White’s bold snowboarding tricks have made him famous. White’s performances and gold medals won in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics are covered, as well as the background and history of the Olympics. White’s X Games competitions are also highlighted. Features include table of contents, maps, “Did You Know” facts, a “Snapshot” page with vital information, a glossary with phonetics, and an index.”

By learning about winter, how to make crafts, and from individuals that excel at winter sports, your students will enjoy their winter break!  

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