Winter Library Lesson -- Snow and Ice


Got the winter blahs? This library lesson includes everything you need to celebrate snow and ice! The first part is a discussion of animal adaptations to cold weather. The second part includes fun facts, trivia, would-you-rathers, and more! Editable.

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This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians have been purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.


See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)


This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students about winter, snow, and animals that live in cold climates is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.


Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents


Recommended for GradesK-6



  • 74-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. The first 21 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to preface a winter-themed read-aloud. 51 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 17 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for K-6 books set during winter. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


18 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • original storytime song
  • sign language slide and how-to link (“winter”)
  • discussion of how animals adapt to cold weather. Includes: fur, feathers, blubber, hibernation, brumation, going deep, burrowing, migration, huddle up, change color, and store food.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-6.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 51 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts and definitions about winter, snow, and ice including information about: Winter Solstice, the Iditarod, world’s snowiest city, why Arctic wolves are not endangered, aurora borealis, longest migration, and Zambonis.
  • Includes facts about all of the following animals: polar bears, snowshoe hares, cardinals, walruses, bats, blue whale, crocodiles, mice, monarch butterflies, penguins, Arctic foxes, Arctic wolves, squirrels, sea otters, moose, snow leopards, narwhals, Arctic terns, hummingbirds, and caribou/reindeer.
  • 17 visual booktalks; includes 6 picture books, 6 fiction novels, and 4 nonfiction/biographies, and 1 poetry book.
  • 4 “Did you Know” slides
  • 1 True/False slide with answer (2 slides)
  • “Would you rather?” (3 slides)
  • “What am I?” (clues about an animal’s identity–2 slides)
  • 1 world record
  • 3 trivia questions with answers
  • 1 kid-friendly winter joke
  • vocabulary words: hemisphere and down feathers
  • this week’s birthdays


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