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The Best Sites For Learning About The Winter Season

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Since I posted The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season), I thought it might make sense to create a similar list for the season of winter.

I’ve divided this post into three sections:

Sites that are specifically designed to help English Language Learners develop winter-related vocabulary

Exceptional winter images

Opportunities for winter-connected online creation of content

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About The “Blizzard Of Oz.”

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Winter Season:

VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT:

Here’s an online video from English Class 101 that gives a good introduction to winter words.

Students can take an online vocabulary quiz here.

EL Civics has a nice beginning lesson on winter.

Bogglesworld has plenty of useful printables.

Here’s a “talking book” called Alfy’s Snow Day.

How snow forms is a neat interactive showing…how snow forms.

IMAGES:

Wacky Winter Weather is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Snowy Scenes is from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Winter weather is from the Sacramento Bee.

Students might enjoy 12 Awe Inspiring Snow Sculpture Themes.

Winter approaching is from the Sacramento Bee.

Storm Blankets U.S. East Coast is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Snowmen Around the World is a slideshow from LIFE.

Snowball Fights: Around the World is another LIFE slideshow.

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a title of a series of images from The Big Picture about an incredible event in China.

Ice and Snow Sculptures is a slideshow from TIME Magazine about the same festival.

Winter Weather Sticks Around is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Cold Spell Wallops Europe, Asia is another slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Scientists create the world’s smallest ‘snowman’
is the title of an article (and photo) of the….world’s smallest snowman.

Record Snow Across Asia is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Here are two more slideshows from TIME:

Snowpocalypse, Part Two

Blizzards — Winter’s Perfect Storm

Let It Snow! is a series of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Winter arrives early in Europe are photos from The Sacramento Bee.

Snowman-ia!! is a slideshow from NPR.

Photo Essay: Europe’s Snowy Scenes is from PBS.

Amazing snow sculptures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Blizzard Slams Northeast is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Wintry Weather is a series of photos from The Atlantic.

7 of the coldest places in the world to live is a very interesting slideshow from The Mother Nature Network.

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Snow is a fun article with photos and relatively accessible text.

Winter Arrives is a slideshow from The Atlantic.

Storm Hits Northeast is a Wall St. Journal slideshow.

Blizzard Slams the Northeast is a NY Times slideshow.

The Storm on Instagram also comes from The NY Times.

12 historic photos of the world’s most formidable snowstorms is from The Week.

Here’s NASA’s image of the Nemo storm from space:

Source: nasa.gov via Larry on Pinterest

CREATE ONLINE CONTENT:

You can virtually cut and design a snowflake, write a message on it, and email the link to a teacher or friend at Snow Days.

Flurrious lets you design a snowflake, write a message that goes along with it, and then send it to yourself or a friend so you can get its url address to post on a student/teacher blog or website.

The site says it will donate $1 to UNICEF for every snowflake sent, but I can’t really tell who’s behind the site to confirm that claim.

BONUS GAMES:

Winter is an online video game that offers good English-language opportunities, as I’ve written about before. Here’s the walkthrough.

Winter Escape also provides good language learning opportunities. Here’s the Walkthrough.

There will never be a better video than this one to help students learn about winter. Have them watch it, describe what they see, and learn related vocabulary:

Feedback is always welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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