Neighborhood Nature - Humans
There is one animal we can guarantee you’ll see in your neighborhood this winter.
Read for 20 minutes a day for at least 5 days.
- Brian’s Winter
By Gary Paulsen
Audiobook | eBook
- The Hat
By Jan Brett
- It’s Winter!
By Linda Glaser
- The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
By Wendy Pfeffer
- Winter: An Alphabet Acrostic
By Steven Schnur
Discover 1 way humans stay warm in winter:
- Observe the people around you. Do they wear scarves? Hats? Boots? Track what people wear in cold weather, then graph your findings to show which item of clothing people wore the most. BONUS: Do this activity on a few different days. Record the temperature on each day. Do people wear different clothes when the temperature changes?
- Practice dressing for winter by dressing up children on this virtual coloring page.
- Investigate how Inuits survive in the Arctic, risking their lives for mussels under the ice.
- In winter, the days get shorter until the winter solstice which is the shortest day of the year. This year, the shortest day of the year will be Saturday, December 21. Track how quickly the day length changes. Use the Farmer’s Almanac or check your local newspaper to find out sunrise and sunset times.
Create 1 object inspired by winter weather:
- Look up at the night sky. Did you know that depending on the time of year there are different constellations visible in the night sky? In Chicago it can be hard to see some of these constellations because of light pollution but you can make your own constellation projector out of an oatmeal container.
- Want to make a scarf or hand warmers? Create a knitting spool using a toilet paper tube, popsicle sticks and tape.