The winter solstice takes place on the shortest day of the year when there are the fewest daylight hours and the sun is at its lowest in the horizon. The winter solstice represents the first day of winter. In the U.S., this is on December 21st or 22nd.
After the winter solstice, the days get longer until the summer solstice, when they start to get shorter again. The winter solstice has been celebrated since ancient times and is still celebrated today.
To mark the occasion, we have some Topical Resources to share with your class.
What’s in the Pack?
Your topical teaching resources includes:
- 2 Fact Sheets: Explore what the winter solstice is and why it’s celebrated.
- 2 ThinkIts: Discuss the different seasons and how they differ around the world.
- Poster: Display this in your classroom to celebrate the winter solstice.