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100+ Winter Activities for Elementary Students (Grades 1-5) in 2023

If you’re a teacher looking for winter activities for your elementary students, then you’ve found the right place! This collection of winter activities are a great way to engage your students in their learning. This post highlights resources for teaching writing, math, reading, social studies, and more! Check out the full list of winter activities for elementary students below!

Winter Math Activities

January spiral review math activities

January Spiral Review Activities

This 3rd Grade January Math Review Packet is part of a Year-Long 3rd Grade Spiral Review Math Bundle. The spiral review packets build proficiency in all grade level math skills and make test prep simple. They are available for each month that school is in session, including December Spiral Review Activities and February Spiral Review Activities. Learn more about them below!

January Math Word Problems

Daily math word problems give students the opportunity to apply their learning in real world math situations. This word problem resource has a seasonal theme, which makes it relevant to students and their lives. They are available for each month that school is in session, including December Math Word Problems and February Math Word Problems. Learn more about them below!

January word problems

Winter Writing Activities

New Years writing and craft project

New Years Resolutions Writing

When you and your elementary students return from the new year holiday, it’s a great time to do two things. First, reflect on the previous year and, second, set goals for the upcoming year. This New Years writing activity and craft is a great resource to complement these discussions.

Snowmen at Night Writing

This Snowmen at Night Writing Activity and Craft resource is based on Caralyn Buehner’s book, Snowmen at Night. You can use the resource in conjunction with the book or choose to use the resource by itself as a creative writing project. You can decide what works best for you and your current class of students!

Snowmen at Night bulletin board
January writing prompts resource

Winter Writing Prompts

This January Writing Prompts resource offer fun and engaging writing activities for students. They motivate students to practice their writing skills and inspire a love of writing. This resource includes the following genres: Creative, informative, opinion, narrative, procedural, descriptive, review, persuasive, poetry, and letter writing. There are writing prompts available for all of the months that school is in session, including December prompts and February prompts.

Winter Seasonal Writing

In the middle of the school year, you’ll want to capture a snapshot of your students’ current writing abilities. This will help you design lessons based on your students’ needs. This Winter Writing Activity helps you do just that! You can continue to track student progress using the spring, summer, and autumn writing activities. At the end of the school year, you’ll have four writing samples that show your students’ growth in writing.

winter writing assessment

Winter Reading Activities

January printable activities

Reading Comprehension Activities

These January Reading Comprehension Activities are part of a year-long collection of themed graphic organizers that can be used with any book. Check out the December Reading Comprehension Activities and February Reading Comprehension Activities too. They facilitate engaging, meaningful practice that improves students’ reading and writing skills.

Winter Book Companions

This Winter Book Companion Bundle is one of many thematic book bundles that are available. Other popular ones for this time of year include:

Winter book bundle
Winter non-fiction unit

Non-Fiction Units

This Non-Fiction Unit is one of many thematic non-fiction units that are available. Other popular ones for this time of year include:

Penguin Close Reading

These Penguin Close Reading Activities are a perfect stand alone activity for the winter months or a complement to a larger unit on penguins. It ties in well when teaching about animal adaptations, animal research or doing a unit on Polar Regions. We have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Close Reading resource too.

penguin close reading activities
Winter Color by Code activities

Color by Code Activities

Color by code activities are a fun way to practice a lot of different skills, including parts of speech. This Winter Color by Code is a great activity for students to practice identifying nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, and prepositions. There are other similar color by code activities for different winter topics such as:

Winter Project Based Learning Tasks

project-based learning task

Hot Cocoa PBL Task

Your students will love creating their own Hot Cocoa Business as part of these January Project Based Learning Activities. What a fun way for 3rd and 4th grade students to practice their math and writing skills! Included are both printable and digital versions. Like all project based learning activities, this resource will be a huge hit in your classroom!

Other Winter Resources

Activity Packets

Our seasonal activity packets include tons of activities: ABC Order, Making Words, Doodle Story, Word Search, Secret Code, Word Sort, Directed Drawing, Can Have Art, Writing Paper, and Crossword. Check out this Winter Activity Packet!

winter activity packet
classroom organization guide for teachers

Classroom Organization Guide

What better time to get organized than at the start of the new year! This classroom organization bundle is exactly what you need to become an organized teacher. It will have your room looking and functioning better than ever. If you are tired of piles of paper taking over your classroom, feeling disorganized, and constantly wasting time looking for things, then you need this resource! It includes 650 pages total including an eBook, workbook, and 12 printable labels and resources. This is a super popular resource!

In closing, we hope you found these winter activities for elementary students helpful! If you did, then you may be interested in these other posts:


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