Winter Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson teaches preschoolers about what causes winter, winter weather, and its effects on wildlife. The lesson includes literature, art, and sorting activities.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe winter weather
  • Explain happens to animals during the winter


  • Approximately one hour

Curriculum Standards

Earth Science: In studying earth materials and phenomena, children become aware of key characteristics of earth:

  • There are patterns of change in earth phenomena (day/night; seasons).
  • Weather and seasonal changes affect the environment.

This lesson plan is based on California standards for preschool education. Please refer to the standards for your state to check alignment.


  • Winter Facts: Lesson for Kids text lesson and accompanying quiz questions
  • Globe
  • Photographs of your location during winter (newspaper photos, calendar photos, personal photos, etc.); photographs of your location during other seasons
  • Animal Camouflage in the Snow (Hidden in Nature) by Martha E. H. Rustad or Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na
  • Blizzard pictures and snowflake pictures
  • Black bulletin board paper, white paint, newspaper, and washable classroom objects for painting
  • Outline of a hare/rabbit or other animal that camouflages in winter (fox, weasel, ptarmigan), printed on brown paper
  • Glue, scissors, and drawing materials
  • Calendar pages or other pictures of seasonal weather scenes for sorting

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