Winter Teaching Ideas for MLs

Winter Teaching Ideas for MLs

winter teaching

Winter is a season that is full of new vocabulary to teach beginning ELLs. Snow is a fun topic no matter if you get many feet each year or if a flurry is a rare occurrence.  Discover winter teaching ideas.

Teach About Winter Weather

For young students, each new season is a good time to study how weather changes and how animals adapt to the weather. If you have newcomers and live in an area that has cold or snowy winters then some students may not know what to expect.

Winter information books and passages– 3 levels of books or passages for each winter topic.

Winter weather- Facts about winter weather.

All About Snow Emergent Reader and Decodable Book

Winter Science Experiments

Science experiments are a hands-on way to help students use descriptive vocabulary. They also give all students a shared experience to talk about. Depending on how much time you have with students you can give the materials to complete the experiment in a small group or set up a demonstration where they watch you complete the experiment. Try starting an experiment at the start of class and then checking on to observe the changes at the end. Here are some simple winter themed ideas to set up with your students no matter what the weather is like where you live.

Read Winter Themed Books

You can use winter themed books for read alouds/mentor texts or highlight a section in your classroom library for students to read.

Winter Articles

Winter Solstice- National Geographic Kids

Winter Solstice: The First Day of Winter- Almanac

Snow Science – Read Works

Strategies for Communicating with ELL Families During the Winter – Colorin Colorado

Integrate Winter Themes into Your Content

Here are some ready-made winter teaching materials you can use with your ELLs.

Picture Writing Prompt Task Cards Winter

Looking for winter writing prompts? Each photograph on these task cards is about a winter topic. There are three levels, with writing prompts, sentence frames, and a word bank. The writing prompts come in both a print and digital format.

winter writing task card

Winter Would You Rather Print and Digital

Use print or digital winter themed would you rather task cards to help students talk and write about their opinion.

winter would you rather

Winter Parts of Speech Color by Code

Practice parts of speech with these winter themed color by code sheets. They come with illustrated vocabulary sheets which can also be used for speaking or writing about spring topics.

winter color by code

Winter Picture Matching

Help early readers practice matching words and sentences using winter-themed sentences and vocabulary.

winter picture word matching

Context Clue Task Cards Winter

Practice using context clues with these winter-themed task cards. Each card has a simple sentence and a focus word.

winter context clues


Winter Bundle for MLs

Save on a set of winter-themed teaching materials and activities to use with your Multilingual Learners.

winter teaching ideas