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The Winter Solstice

The winter solstice usually comes on December 21st or 22nd. It marks the beginning of winter and is the shortest day of the year. Here are some activities to study this day.

The winter solstice is when the Earth is tilted on its axis so the North Pole is slanted away from the sun. Long ago, people lit fires on the winter solstice to entice the sun to return.

Suggested Reading:

Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here
by Jean Craighead George

Is That You, Winter?
by Stephen Gammell

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
by Shirley Neitzel

Moe the Dog in the Tropical Paradise
by Diane Stanley

Thomas' Snowsuit
by Robert Munsch

The Winter Solstice
by Ellen Jackson

Suggested Activities:

1. While reading Thomas' Snowsuit, have the child(ren) create their own designer snowsuits. They can use crayons, markers, paints, material, etc.

2. First Day of Winter activities from FirstSchool.

3. Winter solstice myths

4. NASA's explanation of winter solstice

5. Winter solstice astronomy activity

6. Celebrate Winter! from Education World.

7. The winter solstice from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse.

8. Winter links from Teachervision.com

9. Shadow activity to go along with winter solstice activities.

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