Week 3 of A Season of Winter is up and away here at Fusion! We will continue to learn about wet weather in the Green Room; physical fun and play in the Red Room; and read a new snow-centric tale in the Blue Room. Read on to see what we’ve been up to this week!
THE BLUE ROOM
Our wonderful winter tale this week in the Blue Room is Snow by Cynthia Rylant, a tale about the many types of snow you see during winter. Light and heavy snow, the texture of snow and “snow that comes softly in the night” are just a few of the snow types explored in our story. Fusion students will read the tale several times and explore a few snow types themselves!
As a native Alaskan (but not an Alaskan Native; confusing, I know), I enjoy reading through this book with children as snow was a large component of my early childhood. A few of my favorite “snows” at that young age were: the quiet snow that patiently waits all day for you to jump into a large pile of it; the dry snow that floats away like fairy dust when the wind breezes through your fingers; and the loud snow that whips around your head as it rides the howling wind! I would love to hear what some of YOUR favorite “snows” are!
THE RED ROOM
Whether you are facing off at center ice or careening down a mountain path, there are several fun and invigorating ways to enjoy snow! Students at Fusion will have the opportunity to explore several Snow & Ice Sports in the Red Room this week. We like to turn our focus to snow and ice sports played during the Winter Olympics, highlighting 2 or 3 in order for our students to become better familiar with them. In years past I enjoyed creating new “sports” with the students, such as a “Figure Skating Soccer”, or “Snowball Hockey”! We have also created our own bobsleds and practiced working as a team to synchronize our movements and get down the track as fast as possible!
THE GREEN ROOM
The weather outside is still very frightful with the current storm in our area, so what better time or situation than now to learn about the water cycle? Fusion students in the Green Room this week will have that very opportunity as they discuss precipitation, evaporation and condensation. To help us on the journey water takes in our environment, we will read Drippy The Raindrop. We will use simple, household items such as cotton balls and mason jars to demonstrate various stages of the water cycle throughout the week, as well as measure the amount of rainfall we receive this week. The only downside to all of this wet and wild activity? Being cooped-up inside all week!
I hope you are having just as much fun as we are with all of this amazing wintry weather!