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Celebrate winter with sled dog races, ice carving, curling-and polar bear swims! Capture fun at frosty festivities in Canada and the northern United States.
Discuss with students how cold the weather gets where they live and around the world. When Canadians say cold weather, they mean temperatures such as those in Alberta, which often drop to 5ºF (-15ºC). In the Northwest Territories, the thermometer often goes down to -14ºF (-26ºC), and temperatures rise above freezing only in June, July, and August.
Ask students what they would do if they lived where winter lasts 5 or 6 months? Many cities in North America hold Winter Carnivals to embrace the weather. At these carnivals, you'll find a variety of activities that are only possible when the temperature drops below freezing. Some are traditional, such as sled dog races, ice-carving competitions, cross-country ski competitions and ice skating parades. Others are unique.
Learn more about the events and activities at various winter carnivals around the North America. What weather conditions are essential for their success? How do people dress?
At Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada, the Rideau Canal becomes a 4 1/2 mile (7.2 km) skating rink. In Sault Ste Marie's Bon Soo Winter there are Bum Slides, giant snow chutes for sliding down on your... (you guessed it). Quebec's winter carnival has a mascot called Bonhomme, a living snowman who roams the festival. Across Canada and into Minnesota, curling and broomball tournaments are held.
Have students imagine what events they would try at a winter carnival. Would they be in the polar bear swim where hearty people jump into ice-cleared water for a refreshing dip? Are they brave enough to try the Bum Slide? Strong enough to carve ice with a chain saw?
On black construction paper, draw several winter carnival activities with Crayola® Construction Paper Crayons. Have students come up with at least one of their own ice or snow inventions.
Cover art area with newspaper. Using a Crayola Paint Brush with stiff bristles, flick splatters of white Crayola Washable Paint on the drawing to add a snowy effect. Air dry flat.
To make a class Winter Carnival collage or parade, cut out the activities with Crayola Scissors. Glue them together on roll paper using a Crayola Glue Stick to display.
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