A collection of winter worksheets to practice literacy and math skills in kindergarten and first grade. You will love these engaging, no-prep winter printables that work great for morning work, centers, or any time throughout your day. Plus a free winter math printable!
W is for WINTER…(break out the hot chocolate, winter clothes, and the ice skates!)
and W is for WORKSHEETS!
And yes, sometimes you JUST need some skills-based, academically rigorous, no-prep WORKSHEETS…And that’s okay!
Worksheets in the First Grade and Kindergarten Classroom
Though I’m not a big proponent of using worksheets in the classroom, I do think that sometimes they have a very valid use in the primary grades classroom. As long as we don’t OVER-use and over-rely on them, they can definitely be a great way to achieve certain goals in your classroom.
Experts tell us that well-designed worksheets have these benefits for our students:
- A sense of accomplishment when a student completes the worksheet
- A boost in confidence when a student sees that they are indeed capable of completing a worksheet
- Worksheets bridge the gap between watching HOW something is done, and learning to do the task independently (I do, We do, You do)
- Worksheets can help a teacher quickly see a gap in a student’s knowledge
So, whether you prefer to use worksheets for skills practice, morning work, homework, small groups, or for early finishers, worksheets do have a valid place in your classroom. Even coloring pages can have the ability to provide a student with some much-needed self-expression and relaxation if used at the right time.
Many teachers like to use well-designed worksheets as a no-prep way to engage students in morning work or a quick formative assessment. Worksheets that are thoughtful and skills-based can work perfectly for learning stations and centers, as well.
So, yes, you can feel good about using worksheets, and yes, they can be a great addition to your classroom learning toolkit! Just make sure you’re using the RIGHT KIND of worksheets!
Elements of a ‘Good Worksheet’
Just what are the right kind of worksheets for students in the primary grades?
Here are just a few elements that go into a great primary grade worksheet. Worksheets…
- perform double duty for you, in that they require practice or assess more than one skill. For example, these Color-by-Number sets require math skills, color knowledge, number recognition, fine motor skills, and color recognition.
- offer skills review or meaningful practice
- are academically rigorous and challenging, yet are still predictable and easy for students to complete independently
- require students to use more than just knowledge, but can sometimes require creativity and fine motor skills as well
- hold students’ interest and students find them appealing…and just plain fun!
- at least some, if not all, are aligned with, and provide practice with your state learning standards
So, go ahead and give yourself permission to feel good about worksheets and other winter theme fun activities!!
Math and Literacy Activities and Worksheets for Winter
Now that the holiday season is over, winter break is just a memory, and the new year has begun, I want to make these winter months easier for you!
So, I’ve put together a set of math and literacy worksheets for kindergarten, and I’ve created another set just for those fine first grade students too, all with a winter theme. Each is designed to help you conquer the winter season and the long frozen month of January when you really need something to keep the kids going, but you’re stuck inside!
And here’s the equally fun and engaging set of math and literacy skills activities for kindergarten, for the month February. It also has over 80 pages of fun winter worksheets for math and literacy skills. Each of these winter themed worksheets is the perfect way to get you and your students through the cold days of February! There are some Valentine’s Day printable activities in there, too!
For your fabulous firsties—here’s the February set of over 80 pages of math and literacy activities.
These sets are part of an amazing YEAR LONG bundle, one for kindergarten, and one for first grade, that takes your class from Back-to-School time, in August, all the way up to the end of the school year, in June.
Bonuses and Benefits of these Worksheet Sets
One of the best design elements that goes into these sets, is that they offer the teacher so many ways to differentiate learning. Teachers can easily adjust the skill levels of the assigned work, specifically for each student!
Additionally, with each of these sets, there are planning pages and incentive pages to keep students excited about learning! There are even resources that make a great homework communication tool for parents.
Each month’s set contains over 80 pages of literacy and math activities, aligned with the standards, to keep your students happily engaged and having fun learning, no matter what the temps are outside!
More Great Learning Activities and Seasonal Worksheets
If you’re looking for no-prep Back-to-School worksheets, click to check out this blog post:
Halloween is the perfect time to use some spooky fun educational activities and worksheets. Check out this blog post:
Your kindergarten students will love these adorable and printable fun Christmas worksheets too! Plus, you can snag some free printables at the bottom of the post:
Looking for engaging Sight Word practice sets that are editable, click here:
Free Winter Download
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