in South Carolina, people freak out. Seriously. It flurried for an hour and school was let out at 12pm. None of the snow even stuck to the ground!
This got me thinking about some activities you can do in your classroom to quell the excitement and energy that your students will most likely have.
1. Watch a standard related "Magic School Bus." (Yes, I did this today while my students had lunch in the classroom.)
2. Play a game to review math facts. One of my favorite games is "Around the World." My students beg to play this! Seat the students in a semi-circle. Choose one student to start and have them stand behind the first person in the semi-circle. Show those two students a math fact and the first to guess the answer advances to the next student in the circle. If the student standing answers incorrectly, they sit down in the place of the person who answered before them. The object is to get all the way around the circle without being beaten. It's all about speed! My kids get so excited about this game and they end up yelling and screaming, so I tell them they aren't aloud to talk when they're not answering because it's hard to hear who answers first sometimes. I make them sit out for a few minutes if they break the rule. I feel so bad telling them they can't play anymore!
3. Multiplication.com is another good idea if you have computers to put the kids on. We have 5 mobile laptop carts at our school, so next time, I will definitely try to put the kids on computers!
Once students catch a glimpse of the snow and find out they get to go home, all doesn't have to be lost! You just need to be creative to keep them engaged!