Snow Day Stats

So…which of you has been the lucky recipient of a snow day, or two, this week?!  Don’tcha just love those days?!  I thought we’d for sure have one Monday because the entire city shuts.down. at the sight of flurries.  It snowed cats & dogs & fluffy white rabbits on Sunday.  You KNOW I was up about an hour earlier than normal checking the local news to see if our district was giving us a day to cozy up by the fire.  No such luck, but I did get to sleep in.  We were on a 2 hour delay. I’ll take it!  Since snow is such a novelty in these areas, I knew the kids would have nothing but SNOW on their minds, so I rearranged my Monday plans and we had a little snow day in the class.  Mercy. Since a lot of you will be returning to your classes tomorrow after getting a few fabulous days off, I thought you might like this for your babies.

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I had the kids break up into groups and survey their classmates.  After they tallied all the data, they went back to their desks and showed the data on the graph.  Then I had them complete the Interpreting the Data sheet.  When they were finished with all that, I let them take construction paper and draw their favorite snow day activity, cut it out, and glue it to a big “SNOW DAY 2011” mural we have hanging outside of our classroom door.   My firsties loved it and it was an awesome way to channel all their snow day energy into something productive :)

14 comments:

  1. Loooooooooooove this!

    We have been out not one or even two days- we have been out ALL week! Wanna know how much snow is on the ground? Maybe 1-2 inches. Seriously. :)

    We *might* be going Friday and then Monday is an admin day, so... Not exactly sure when I will get to see my kiddos again. It's been a nice, long break for me, but I'm very anxious about getting caught up!

    Thanks for sharing this activity- it will be very helpful with all the snow!

    Also, I just wrote a blog on a cheap alternative to expensive document cameras. Check it out at:

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    ~*~Ash~*~

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  2. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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  3. Awesome! We've had four snow days in a row now. I know what activity I'm doing when we finally go back. Thx!

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  5. Perfect! We missed two day here in Missouri and we are excited to get back today. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Listen here all of you LUCKY teachers out there! WE DO NOT HAVE SNOW DAYS IN UTAH!!! {sad face}. It will snow 12 inches and no one even BLINKS! Crazy, right?

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  7. Very cute! I am in GA and we have been out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and today is an 11:00 report day for teachers only! I can't wait to share this idea with my team!

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  8. LOVE IT! I am in TN and we have been out every day this week and probably won't even go tomorrow considering it is still snowing. I am thankful for these snow days since I found your blog while I was playing around online. Thanks for all of your ideas! I love them all! It really helps too since it is my first year. I will definitely be graphing with my class!

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  9. These are great Cara, I have to do some MLK stuff tomorrow and play catch up from the last 2 days....so next week these will come in handy, especially since they are predicting yet another storm...in the meantime, I'm having fun with my own guys, have a great day!

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  10. We have been out ALL week. We got between 9 - 12 inches since Sunday in Georgia! This will be a great activity to do with my kids Tuesday since I know they were out playing in the snow all week. THANKS!!

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  11. I am in love with your site!! Thank you for taking the time to show us the ropes. You are an inspiration. Your resources are just amazing. Thanks!! :)

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  12. Love it!!!! We were out Mon, Tues, and Wednesday this week with Th and Fri being report at 10:00 days in Alabama. I am so doing this activity tomorrow! My kids do not see snow often (much less enough to play in) so we are eager to turn the fun times into a learning experience. Thanks for sharing!!!!
    Mariann

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  13. LOVe it! Thanks for sharing. Will use next week when we return!
    Leslie www.fabinfirst.blogspot.com

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  14. Do you all have to make up those snow days at the end of the year? When we miss days or even a ONE day for hurricanes (I live in Florida) we have to make up even that day at the end of the year...BLECH!

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