Keeping Warm With Wintertime Word Work

I hope you are all staying warm these days!

We are back with kids on Tuesday of next week, but Monday is full of meetings, so I was in school today getting things organized for our first week back.

One thing I have been working on this year are seasonal word work items outside of the regular word work choices we have. I have loved this because it gives them extra practice on things like parts of speech, alphabetizing, compound words, and more!

This Winter Wonderland Word Work packet includes the following:
  • 36 winter-themed words
  • ABC ordering sheets
  • Parts of Speech sort
  • Compound Word building activity- students will make a wintry compound word and then define it with words or a drawing
  • Compound Word anchor chart
  • Word Building activity using 16 letters to make 2-9 letter words

Here's how I set them up for my kiddos:

The winter words are available on sheets of paper for the kids to cut out as well as on word cards. I printed both, but I want kids to use the cut out sheets for their own work and the word cards as a way to check their answers.

I printed the word cards on cardstock and laminated them. I then ordered them alphabetically and punched  hole through the top to send a binder ring through.

On the back, I added a small round label and numbered each card 1-36. This way, kids can use these cards to check their ABC Ordering center activity and wow, that saves me a TON of stress :)

These words are also used for the parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective) sort.

This picture was from my test-run. In real life, I copied the student cards on blue paper and that way they stick out against the white worksheet (wintry, right?). It seemed more pleasing to the eye that way :)

I did make 2-3 laminated copies of the compound word cards as well as the build-a-word activity. I wanted to make sure there were enough for the kids in Word Work Centers (I usually have no more than 8 at any given rotation time in Daily 5).

As students finish a "Season Activity" they can go on to our regular Word Work Centers (which are now all packed in a big ol' set HERE, if  you're interested), and we will still continue to do our Word Work Bingo Board. I put all of the seasonal worksheets in a packet with the Word Work Bingo as the cover, so that way I can collect it all at one time (no pic, I forgot, sorry!). It will also be easier for the kids to manage and ensure they have been to every seasonal center.

This Wintertime Word Work Pack is in my TpT Store now and I hope you're able to use it with your kids during these long, chilly months.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back soon to tell you about my Wintertime Math Centers :)


  1. Wow! This looks great! I think it would work for 4th grade too!! We do many of the same skills. I love how you organized it! Thanks!!

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  2. Thanks so much, Amanda, and I agree, I think it could easily work with 4th grade. I tried to keep it rigorous for third and also easy to understand, so we can still teach groups and not worry about explaining complex directions :) Thanks so much for your comment!

  3. I'm thinking I love this for 4th grade too! Great ideas and love the organization:) Thanks for sharing....I was just thinking I need to make something fresh for my kiddos for word I'm thinking I don't have to make it at all;) Just buy it:) I have not been reading blogs, taking a techno timeout to spend time with family...I have some catching up to do:) Off to read more of your great ideas:)

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  4. Hi Stephanie,

    I just found your blog through a link on Dana Lester's blog. I like your posts on Whole Brain Teaching. That's something I'm really interested in, and I'm thinking about finding some training for this summer.

    keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks, Karen! I highly recommend their website at where they have videos an free ebooks to read. It's such a wonderful thing and there are sosososo many strategies to learn and practice, so you'll never get bored :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I wish that I was able to go into my classroom before my kids came back. Part of me is enjoying the time off, but another part of me wants to get organized and back into the routine before being thrown into it. :-)

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    1. I know what you mean- I was there for longer than I wanted and the weather outside was gorgeous, so although I am glad I went in, I'm also very glad these are made and assembled and I won't ever have to do it again ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!