Animals in Winter- Hibernation, Migration, Camouflage, Adaptation

If science takes the back burner in your school, a unit on winter animals is an exciting way to incorporate more science into your January plans!

Since there is often such little scheduled time for science, I want to make sure my lessons are meaningful and engaging. I make sure they are well-planned and concise, keeping the big ideas and standards in focus.

My Animals in Winter unit does just that. Each lesson includes interactive activities to get your kids moving to learn about animal adaptation. It integrates all subject areas to help connect learning. Here’s some of what we do!

Hibernation

We start with hibernation. We check our heart rate before and after doing jumping jacks and discuss how activity affects it. Kids learn that hibernating animals’ heart rate drops significantly and their bodies get cold. We sing this little poem/song about hibernation and switch out the animals and hibernating homes.

When we learn about hibernation, we love singing this poem to learn about how each animal survives the cold winter! Read this post for tons of ideas about migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Each student picks an animal for their own poem and craft.

When we learn about hibernation, we love singing this poem to learn about how each animal survives the cold winter! Read this post for tons of ideas about migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Migration

Next, we discuss migration. Did you know that this is a GREAT lesson on teamwork and collaboration? Geese in the back honk to cheer on and support the geese in the front. When a goose falls down, other geese help it get back in formation.

Here is a great YouTube clip about geese migration.

We “migrate” from one side of the classroom to the other, rotating positions just like geese! My resource has North and South signs to tape up in your classroom, as well as a diagram to show you just how we do it.

Camouflage

This may be my favorite part of this unit. Kids love to hide and they love to learn that animals do it too! Here are some of our camouflaging activities! How many mittens do you see? Look closely!

When we learn about animals in winter, we love learning that animals love to hide, too! Can you find the 2 mittens in this picture? Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

We also love to make our own “camouflaging” animals! How many can you find below?

When we learn about animals in winter, we love learning that animals love to hide, too! Can you find the 2 mittens in this picture? Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Did you catch this one? 馃榾

Did you see this animals?! When we learn about animals in winter, we love learning that animals love to hide, too! Can you find the 2 mittens in this picture? Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Of course, we discuss how some animals get ready for the winter by storing nuts. Check out our students looking for nuts they stored! But what happens when not all are found? Hmmmm….

When we learn about animals in winter, we learn that some animals store food in the fall to get ready! Here we are looking for nuts we stored! Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

This is one of my absolute favorite units to teach throughout the year and I love that it incorporates science into reading, writing, math, art, and even social skills! Here are some more things we do!

Our STEM challenge is to make a cave for sleepy winter animals.

One of my students' favorite STEM challenges- creating a cave for sleepy animals in the winter! Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Of course, we integrate read-alouds in the unit and here’s one of our book response activities.

I love using these foldable mini-books that summarize what each animal does. Only 1 page each, so they’re super easy to prep. Kids get to illustrate the pages to demonstrate comprehension! *Also includes books WITH pictures.*

When we learn about animals in winter, we love to read these 1-page foldable mini-books and make our own illustrations! Read this post for tons of ideas about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways animals adapt. One of my favorite science units for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

These passages are perfect for close reading: kids highlight to show evidence for their answers. They are differentiated, with picture supports to help readers understand each section.

These differentiated reading passages are perfect for your animals in winter unit! Kids highlight the text to show evidence of comprehension and learn about hibernation, migration, camouflage, and other ways animals adapt to the cold winter! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

We practice making inferences with this interactive activity. Students read the clues and glue the flaps onto the correct animals.

This interactive printable is perfect for your animals in winter unit! Kids read the clues and glue the flaps onto the animals after learning about how they survive! Learn about hibernation, migration, camouflage, and other ways animals adapt to the cold winter! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

As we learn, we create class charts to keep track of all our learning. We also write in learning journals.

Writing in our Animals in Winter journals is a great way to keep track of learning! Read this post for ideas on teaching about hibernation, migration, camouflage, and other ways animals adapt to the cold winter! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Now includes digital activities for use with Google slides, too!

My Animals in Winter resource is just chock full of lessons and ideas to get your kids immersed in this science unit. Check it out in my TpT store here, or in my Tejeda’s Tots shop here. Use code totsvip20 for 20% off your entire first order in my Tejeda’s Tots shop only.

Want a free Animals in Winter resource?

It includes a differentiated reading passage, mini-book, PLUS an entire book-based lesson with sequencing cards and printables. Scroll down to grab it!

And check out my post on Winter Animal books to help you plan. It pairs fiction and non-fiction books to cover so many skills

If you liked these ideas, let me know your favorite below! Don’t forget to share with other teachers who may also love them. Thank you! 馃檪

Teaching about Animals in Winter? It's one of our favorite science units in kindergarten and first grade! Read this post for ideas and tips on teaching about hibernation, migration, camouflaging, and other ways of animal adaptation to survive the cold winter! #tejedastots #animalsinwinter #hibernation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Suggested Posts

View site