Winter Language Arts Resources for Special Education

Oh, hello there January! If you are looking for language arts life skill worksheets to use this month as you teach about all things snow and winter related, I have your back with all the differentiated resources you'd need to teach this winter. Check out all the winter resources that have been tried and tested by special education teachers all over the country! 

Here's some of the winter resources teacher like you love to use in their classrooms:

Winter Journals

Do you have students who have difficulty writing and coming up with their own thoughts? With three different levels included, this fun winter journal prompt pack is perfect for all of your non-writers, emerging writers, and writers!
This pack is great for January as it has a fun winter theme, including snow boots, sleds, coats, and more!There are 10 differentiated journals included, enough to get you through 2 full weeks if you do a journal each day.
A classroom sample provides a picture, title, and four simple sentence starters with three *errorless* options to finish each sentence.
• Level 1 students "Non-writers" can color in the picture, trace the title, and cut and paste symbols (with or without aide support) to complete the sentence with their thoughts.
• Level 2 students "Tracers" can color in the picture, draw their own, trace the title and sentence starters and finish the thought by circling and/or writing one of the 3 choices on their paper.
• Level 3 students "Writers" have a blank journal where they draw and color the picture on their own, copy the sentences from the classroom sample, and also complete the sentence with the choice on the classroom sample (or cover up the choices and have them complete the thoughts on their own!)
I love that this one resources provides enough support for ALL emerging learners. These journals are appropriate for early learners of any age. 

Are your students ready for a little bit more of a challenge? Next up we have picture prompt journals!

Do you love the errorless journals but your students are ready to level up? Enter journal picture prompts! These journals are great for visual learners, as instead of a written prompt, a picture prompt is given! Students can then respond with the level of support that they need to be successful. This winter set includes prompts are all winter and snow themed. 


Three different levels of picture prompt journal supports are provided for your higher level writers (approximately around 1st-3rd grade level).


Level 1: 5 sentence starters are provided for each journal to help students get started. Given the level of each student, they can either fill in the blanks on the sheet, or re-write the sentence starters to form their own paragraphs.


Level 2: A detailed format and 6+ questions are provided for each journal to help them think of what they can write about. They do not have to answer all of the questions! It is totally okay to just answer one question, if they have enough to write about.


Level 3: Independent writing. Give students lined notebook paper and have them write on their own about the picture topic.

Winter Reading Comprehension

Designed for non-to-beginning readers, symbol support helps students be more successful at reading and comprehension. While symbols do not "teach" students how to read, they do allow students an alternative way to access the text and to learn alongside their class and peers.

These life skill reading passages are all about winter time and snow. There are 10 different stories along with reading comprehension activities for each included in this packet.

Each winter themed story includes: a short 4-5 sentence story, a cut and paste cloze (fill in the blank) activity, and a quiz.

Do your students not need symbols? Check out the easy reading comprehension - the same stories as above just without the symbol support!

These life skill easy reading passages are all about winter time and snow. There are 10 different stories along with reading comprehension activities for each included in this packet.

Each story includes: a short and simple 4-5 sentence story, a cut and paste cloze (fill in the blank) activity, and two options for a quiz (multiple choice or writing).

Everything is NO PREP! Just print and you are ready to use! 

Working on WH questions, but need to switch it up a bit? These winter WH task cards works on comprehension and answering specific questions (who, what, when, and where) given a symbol supported sentence and real picture while incorporating a fun winter and snow theme.

Each question type has a symbol to help students know what is being asked and students will the correct answer from a field of 3 symbols.

No reading is necessary due to visuals on every task cards so that non-readers can use as well.

This set of WH question winter task cards works on the questions: who, what, when and where.

These task cards can easily be used during individual instruction, 1:1 work with a paraprofessional, work tasks, or task boxes.


Are you a special education teacher who uses symbol support all day long with your students? In addition to the PECS, AAC devices, and symbol supported stories in your classroom, now you can add some symbols to your everyday teaching apparel as well! 

This Winter Wonderland shirt comes with an array of 8 Winter Themed symbols, such as hot chocolate, snowflake, snowman, mittens, hat and more! It's the perfect shirt to wear the entire month of January while you are teaching all about things winter wonderland!

And get ready for next month, with this Valentine's Day Sweatshirt or Valentine's Day Teacher Tee has candy hearts that have PCS (Picture Communication Symbols) cards on them. Comes with 9 Valentine's Day Themed symbols, such as cards, February, chocolate, candy, and more! 

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