Reading Day 2

Winter Months

Winter is the best season of the year. During the winter months, temperatures are usually colder and there are fewer hours of daylight. The winter months in North America are December, January, February, and March.

Cold winter temperatures are caused by the tilting of the Earth. When Earth's Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, there are fewer hours of daylight and the temperature is colder. When the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards the sun, there is more daylight time and the temperatures are warmer. The tilting of the Earth as it spins causes the seasons to change.

Animals have special ways of preparing themselves for winter. Some animals, like birds and butterflies travel long distances, or migrate, to warmer temperatures during the winter months. Other animals go to sleep, or hibernate, during the winter. Bears, gophers, snakes, and bats hibernate. Squirrels and raccoons don't migrate or hibernate. Instead, they gather extra food during the fall months and store it away so they have plenty to eat during the winter.

In some areas, winter is a time when snow falls and gathers on the ground. People who live in these places can enjoy special winter activities like skiing, sledding, or snowboarding. They can also build snowmen and snow castles. When the water in lakes and ponds freeze, people can ice skate or play ice hockey. Some people even cut a hole in the ice and go ice fishing! 

Questions: Remember to restate. 

1. Is there more sunlight during the summer months or winter months? Please explain. 

2. What is the difference between migrate and hibernate?  

3. What do squirrels and raccoons do to prepare for the winter? 

Short Answer: What causes the seasons to change? Remember to use RACE. Must be at least 3-5 sentences. 



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