Compare And Contrast Essay On Summer And Winter

  • Chart paper and markers
  • 11 sheets of 18- by 11-inch construction paper, any color
  • Scissors
  • At least one picture book about winter (for example, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats)
  • At least one picture book about summer (for example, Summer by Maria Rius)
  • Magazines (Add to your parent wish list. Specify that you want magazines about food, clothing, animals, and plants.)
  • Paper plates
  • Glue
  • Winter and summer clothing, such as mittens, ski coats, bathing suits, shorts, etc.
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils
  • Picture of each student's face
  1. Draw a T-chart with the words "Winter" and "Summer" written at the top on a piece of chart paper. Set this aside for a class discussion.
  2. Set aside five pieces of the construction paper, then cut out one letter of the word "winter" from each piece. For example, trace a large "W" on one of the pieces of paper and cut it out. Next, cut out an "I" from another piece of paper, etc.
  3. Repeat the above step for "summer," using the remaining six pieces of construction paper.

Day 1

Step 1: Read a picture book about winter aloud to the class.

Step 2: Ask the students which images in the book let them know it was winter. List their responses on the T-chart.

Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with winter. Have the students place their winter pictures on a paper plate set in the middle of the table. They will need enough to fill the five pieces of construction paper that spell out "winter."

Step 4: When students have gathered a substantial pile of winter pictures, distribute the construction paper with the "winter" letters cut from them, and invite students to glue pictures in collage form to the paper.

Step 5: Display the collage on a bulletin board.

Example of collage letters for bulletin board display

Day 2

Step 1: Read a picture book about summer aloud to the class.

Step 2: Using the Winter/Summer T-chart, list the students' responses to the book that depicted the summer season.

Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with summer. Then repeat the rest of the steps from Day 1, this time with summer and the "summer" letters.

Day 3

Step 1: Put all the winter and summer clothes in a big pile in the middle of the carpet. Have the students sit in a circle around the big pile of clothes.

Step 2: Ask the students what type of clothing they see in the pile.

Step 3: Tell the students that they are going to sort the clothing into two groups, winter and summer.

Step 4: Have the students sort the clothing.

Step 5: Have each student select an article of clothing.

Step 6: Have the students who selected a winter clothing item sit at the tables. (The other students may go to a center or do another activity.) Hand each winter-clothing student a sheet of writing paper and have them write these words: "In the winter, I wear ____________." Have them sound out and write the name of the article of clothing that they selected in the space provided.

Step 7: Now have the groups switch. The students who chose summer clothing should sit down at the tables and write these words on writing paper: "In the summer, I wear ____________." Have them sound out and write the name of the article of clothing that they selected in the space provided.

Step 8: Have all the students go back to their seats. Give each student a picture of his or her face and have them glue the photos to the tops of the writing paper. Have the students draw self-portraits of themselves wearing the article of clothing that they chose.

Step 9: Display the Winter/Summer T-chart, which students can reference to add details to their pictures, such as a snowfall for winter or a bright sun for summer.

  • Did students cut out the correct pictures depicting winter and summer?
  • Could students sort and classify winter and summer clothing?

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If I had to choose my favorite season it would be a very difficult choice. All four seasons are unique in their own special way, such as the climate, scenery, and activities. Although I enjoy the warmer months of summer, I also enjoy the cooler months of winter. In a sense, I have narrowed my favorite seasons down to two; summer and winter.

The biggest difference between summer and winter is the climate. One of the main attractions of summer is the warm weather. I like being outside on a bright sunny day, and letting the sun warm my body. I also like that we get an occasional thunder storm. The excitement fills the air when I see the thunder clouds rolling in. The sound of thunder, and the lighting shows that come from the…show more content…

Not only is the climate diverse between these two seasons, but also the landscape colors are unlike each other. When I think of summer, I think of color, color, everywhere. I think of the soft blue skies, and a gentle breeze whispering through the green trees. The flowers are in full bloom, and bursting with every color imaginable. The sun is striking with its bright yellow color, which seems to go on forever. However winter may not have as many colors, it is equally as beautiful. With winter comes these huge crystal white snowflakes, and calming gray skies. Also numerous trees keep their eye catching green color. In addition the holly bush also stays dark green, and is covered with bright red berries.

Also both seasons are full of fun, and entertaining activities. Soon as summer arrives, I like taking a trip to the beach. The first thing that I like to do when I arrive at the beach is to get my feet wet. Then I grab my snorkels and swim out to the rocks, where I like to look for colorful fish. I also enjoy searching for seashells, and fishing from the piers. Summer is also a good time to have a barbeque and eat watermelon. Of course, it wouldn’t be summer without the Fourth of July celebration. I always walk down the street from my house to watch the parade. Later in the evening, I’ll find somewhere to watch fireworks. Like summer; winter can also be a lot of fun.


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