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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.


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Recommended Books: 

  • Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows
  • Animals In Winter by Henrietta Bancroft (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Over And Under The Snow by Kate Messner
  • A Bed For Winter by Karen Wallace
  • Mousekin’s Woodland Sleepers by Edna Miller
  • Bear Has A Story To Tell by Philip Christian Stead
  • Time To Sleep by Denise Fleming
  • Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by II Sung Na
  • How The Hibernators Came To Bethlehem by Norma Farber
from Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

from Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows


During hibernation the animal’s body temperature drops and its heartbeat and breathing slows down so that it won’t use much energy.

Difference Between True Hibernators and Nappers

  • Explain the difference between animals who hibernate and those who merely nap (come out sometimes). Offer examples of each.
  • Discuss animals who do not hibernate. What do they do during winter ~ they migrate or adapt. To expand the lesson, read Night Tree by Eve Bunting about a family’s annual pilgrimage to decorate an evergreen tree with food for the forest animals at Christmastime. Explain that animals who do not hibernate need extra food and water during the winter and we can help provide those things for the winter animals.
  • Discuss temperatures (winter vs spring) to explain when it’s time to hibernate and wake up (use this form to create/show a scale differentiating between winter and spring temperature levels)
  • Related holiday: Groundhog Day


  • Hibernation Animals Word Search Puzzle
  • Index of Hibernation Animals with coloring pages
  • Pros and Cons ~ ask the child to imagine they were to hibernate for the winter. Help them write a list of pros and cons by prompting: What would they like about sleeping all winter? What would they miss if they slept all winter? You can expand the activity by asking how they would prepare for hibernation. What would they bring to their “room” den.
  • I’m a Hibernator! Pretend Play ~ using an over-sized sheet or table cloth, cover a table to create a child sized cave. Have the child bring in whatever they think they will need to prepare for hibernation (pillows, snacks, blankets, etc). When the cave is ready, have them go inside and pretend sleep/hibernate for a short set period of time. Turn off the lights and let it be a quiet environment. When the time is up, turn on the lights and let them know spring has arrived so they can wake up and come out of their cave. You can be as creative as you want with this sort of activity.
  • Action Song ~ teach Time For Hibernation Song to the tune of Frere Jacques and have the child act out the various animals mentioned as they sing the song to learn where different animals hibernate.
  • Feed The Winter Animals ~ This guide offers information about how and what to feed winter animals. You can also make natural pine cone feeders using peanut butter or honey and seeds. Once you leave winter food for the animals, it is important to replenish throughout the season as the animals will rely on the food to help them survive the winter.

Related Resource:

Hibernation Lesson Teaching Guide from Scholastic


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