There is perhaps nothing as visually inspiring as the changing of the seasons. For many—particularly artists and writers—this natural rotation of nature has become a backdrop for life, representing change, fresh starts and new beginnings—or the opportunity to observe, reflect, and document.
Of course, those observations will vary depending on where you’re located on the globe. As much of North America watches the leaves change from gold and amber in preparation for winter, countries across the equator—such as Australia—are gearing up for summer. And in some places, such as chilly Antarctica, “summer” doesn’t quite mean what it does to students in the UK, for instance.
Regardless of where you are in the world, the following prompts will not only spark student writing, but will also help create an awareness of how the changing seasons impact the lives of people everywhere. But first, take a look at this Teachers Media International video, which demonstrates a variety of creative ways to talk to students about climate, or one of our most popular resources, Weather Around the World.
Now, let’s put pen to paper and get writing!
- Have students draw or insert a symbol/shape of the season they are in or like (leaf, snowflake, umbrella, sun, etc) and write a poem, putting the words of the poem around the shape.
- It’s the first (or last) snowfall of the year. What do you do? Go sledding? Build a snowman? Describe your perfect day.
- Write a descriptive paragraph about what is growing in your backyard.
- Brainstorm a list of the BEST things about the current season in your country.
- Ask students to respond to the following question: what is your favourite season and why?
- Consider asking students to move away from the scientific reason and use their imaginations to explain why leaves change from green to red, yellow and brown.
- Write a poem about your favourite season.
- You’re shopping for Christmas presents and discover a secret portal to a winter wonderland. What do you see?
- An older man is walking along the beach on a warm sunny morning when something happens to completely change his life.
- Describe snow to someone who has never seen snow.
- Describe what it would be like to live in one of the warmest cities in the world.
We’re curious, what is YOUR favourite season and why? Share in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your country!
~ The Teachers Media Team