Can you believe it has been almost a year since Frozen hit theaters? I don’t know if you have noticed, but it continues to be extremely popular. The littles just can’t seem to let it go. (I couldn’t resist) Since we were hit full force with winter this week, why not capitalize on our kiddos’ enthusiasm over not only the recent snowfall, but the popularity of this movie as well.
A book version of the story would be helpful either as a refresher or for kiddos who have not seen the movie. A Tale of Two Sisters is a simplified version for kiddos who may have limited comprehension/attention span. These WH questions with picture choices are made to accompany this book.
Big Snowman, Little Snowman is a book based on Frozen that would be a great resource for targeting basic concepts, synonyms, antonyms, and descriptive words. (on/off, in/out, fast/slow, first/last, hot/cold, big/little, front/back, ends/starts)
One activity that the boys might like would be to build a snowman. These instructions could be used with or without the picture prompts and could also be cut apart and used as a sequencing activity. While you are talking about snowmen, you could compare and contrast the two snowmen from the story.
To target following directions, basic concepts, and basic describing, you could use “colored snowballs” of different sizes to practice these skills. If you are the crafty type, you could make snowball poppers. After they are made, they could be used as a quick reinforcer for articulation drills, with students earning “snowballs” to shoot. Speaking of “shooting for” correct productions, you could use this opportunity to target figurative language as well. (frozen fever, let it go, fall in love, hit theaters, grow angry, etc)
While it seems like it might be difficult to tie this particular topic to core content, there are actually some good connections to be made (even on top of the connections to the students’ specific goals.) The following core content areas may provide useful vocabulary and connections to the classroom: Kindergarten Weather and Climate, 2nd grade Structure and properties of matter, 3rd grade Weather and Climate, and 5th grade Structures and Properties of Matter.
Are your kiddos still loving Frozen? What type of winter themed activities do you do in your speech room?