Winter Words from A to Z

winter wordsIn the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten a bit of snow. The temperatures this past week have dropped, often showing “feels like” temps in the negative digits. Winter has most certainly arrived. And with this season comes another list of A to Z words.

This post is focused on a compilation of winter words and ways to use them. This resource can be used with students of all levels, and be differentiated based on each child’s ability. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. 1. Choose several words for students to alphabetize. This is a skill that ALWAYS needs some practice! For younger students or those who need extra support, choose only a few words, and ones that all start with different letters. For those needing less support and more of a challenge, give several words that start with the same letter, encouraging students to alphabetize by second and third letters.
  2. Choose a few nouns from the list and ask students to use as many adjectives as they can to describe each noun.
  3. Pick 8-10 words and ask students to write a short fall story that includes those words.Alternatively, students can write a descriptive sentence for each word.
  4. Choose several words to write individually on pieces of paper that you fold and put into a basket or jar. Students pick a word and describe the word for others to guess without using the word on the piece of paper.
  5. What words may students not know off this list? Have them look up the unfamiliar word, write a sentence using the word, and illustrate it.
  6. Ask student to sort various words into different categories: adjectives, nouns, verbs, weather, activities, clothing, animals, etc…

A: arctic; aroma

B: balaclava; bare; bells; blanket; blizzard; boots

C: candles; celebrations; Chanukah; Chinese New Year; Christmas; coat; cocoa; cold; cookies; comforter; cough; cozy; crackling

D: dark; December; draft; dreidel

E: earmuffs; evergreen

F: February; fireplace; flannel; flashlight; fleece; freezing; frigid; frost; frozen

G: gaiter; generator; generous; gingerbread; giving; gloves; gusty

H: hat; heater; hibernate; hockey; holly; holidays; hot chocolate; howling

I: icicle

J: Jack Frost; January

K: Kwanzaa

L: latkes; log

M: March; marshmallows; Martin Luther King, Jr.; menorah; mittens

N: New Year; north

O: ornament; overcoat

P: parka; peppermint; pinecones; plow; polar; powder

Q: quilt

R: radiator; reindeer; rink

S: scarf; shiver; shovel; skates; skating; skiing; sled; sleet; sleigh; slippers; slippery; sneeze; snow; snowblower; snowboarding; snowflake; snowman; snowplow; snowshoeing; soup; spices; stockings; storm; sugarplum

T: thermals; toasty; toboggan; tree; turtleneck

U: umbrella

V: Valentine’s Day; vest

W: wet; whipped cream; windy; wintertime; wool; wreath

X: eXtra layers; x-country skiing

Y: Yule log

Z: zero; zippers

Are there any other winter-related words that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear!

Check out these other season-related word lists: spring, summer, & fall.

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