Whether you consider Winter to start on the first of December or the winter solstice (December 21 or 22), here are some poems and pictures appropriate for classroom use. The poems are available in both MP3 and PDF formats from the Lit2Go website. The pictures are from the ClipArt and ClipPix websites.

"Snow-Bound" by John Greenleaf Whittier

This winter poem by Whittier chronicles a rural New England family as a snowstorm rages outside. It captures a rapidly-disappearing lifestyle. Audio available from the Lit2Go website. Duration: 30:06. Also available as a PDF.

"The Woods in Winter" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about the piercing chill of winter. Listen on the Lit2Go website. Duration 1:38. Also available are a PDF of the text and a student activity sheet.

"When Winter Darkening All Around" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A poem about winter and the hope of spring by Paul Laurence Dunbar from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. Duration 1:02. Also available are a PDF and a student activity sheet.

"Tampa Robins" a poem by Sidney Lanier

A poem about a robin in Florida scaling the winter cold by Paul Laurence Dunbar from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. Duration 1:29. Also available as a PDF.

"Orange Buds by Mail from Florida" by Walt Whitman

A poem by Walt Whitman writes about the sweetness of orange buds mailed from Florida to his winter home. Listen on the Lit2Go website. Duration 0:49. Also available as a PDF.

"Winter Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A poem about the joys of winter. Listen on the Lit2Go website. Duration 1:02. Also available as a PDF.

A Winter's Day by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A poem about snow covering the earth by Paul Laurence Dunbar from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. Duration 0:58. Also available are a PDF and a student activity sheet.

Winter in Verse

Here are more winter poems from the Lit2Go website.

Winter Clipart

Gallery of winter clipart illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Winter Photos

Gallery of winter photographs from the ClipPix ETC website.

Sleds and Sleighs Clipart

Gallery of sleds and sleighs clipart illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Winter Clothing Clipart

A gallery of winter clothing illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Winter Sports Clipart

Gallery of winter sports clipart illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Snow Clipart

A gallery of snow illustrations including many examples of snow crystals from the ClipArt ETC website.

Roy Winkelman is a 40+ year veteran teacher of students from every level kindergarten through graduate school. As the former Director of FCIT, he began the Center's focus on providing students with rich content collections from which to build their understanding. When not glued to his keyboard, Dr. Winkelman can usually be found puttering around his tomato garden in Pittsburgh. Questions about this post or suggestions for a future topic? Email me at Roy@FCIT.US. To ensure that your email is not blocked, please do not change the subject line. Thank you!

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