Lone Dog’s Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
Use this lesson plan from the National Museum of the American Indian to teach students the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who measured time from snowfall to snowfall with pictographic calendars called winter counts.
Use these pictures, compiled by the Smithsonian Learning Lab, as catalysts for a classroom writing activity. Students can analyze and interpret winter scenes or become inspired to write poetry about the winter season.
Reading "Lemonade in Winter"
This reading guide from Smithsonian’s History Explorer will help engage young readers as they read "Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money." The book tells the story of two siblings who decide to spend an otherwise snowy winter’s day opening a lemonade stand. As students read, they will learn how to count change into dollars and cents while thinking about how people spend and earn money.
Are All Snowflakes Really Different? The Science of Winter
For most in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is a time for building snowmen, skiing and hoping for a snow day. If you prefer to stay inside, read this blog from the Smithsonian Science Education Center to investigate a few winter science questions.
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