Quick Pics: Sledding - Week of 12/7/2020

Winter: Sledding (1959)

Big Ideas:
Norman Rockwell created this image for the Brown and Bigelow 1959 calendar. Rockwell lived in a snowy climate in Arlington, Vermont, USA. Sledding was a common winter pastime which children looked forward to all year. Townspeople knew where the best sledding hills were and they looked forward to the perfect snow for thrilling and fast trips downhill. 

Notice and Wonder:

  • Who are the people in this image? Who is sledding, who is observing? Who is helping others?
  • Who are the dogs paying attention to and why? Did you know falling off one's sled is part of sledding?
  • Notice the sleds. What are they made of? Do sleds look the same or different today?
  • What do you notice about the characters? What are they wearing? 
  • What do you notice about the home? Is it warm and cozy inside? How can you tell?
  • Would you like to be in this picture as one of the people sledding? Which person would you choose to be and why?
  • How did Norman Rockwell use the color red to encourage you to look at all the details in the picture?
  • What colors did Norman Rockwell use in the sky to convey a feeling of coldness?

Fun Facts:
Rockwell and his neighbors posed for the images. A photographer took pictures and Rockwell constructed the images from the photographs.

Norman Rockwell began working with Brown & Bigelow in 1923 when he created an image for the first Boy Scout calendar. Rockwell painted more illustrations for Brown & Bigelow calendars than for any other publication except the Saturday Evening Post. Beginning in 1948, his series of “Four Seasons” illustrations featured four images each year following characters through a complete year of changing seasons. 

What to do:
If you live in a snowy area and haven’t tried sledding yet, try it! What outside adventures are exciting and fun for you? Do you and your friends have the same favorite activities outside? Are there outdoor activities which require little equipment that you would like to try?

Image Resources

Winter: Sledding (1959)

Image Credits:

Winter: Sledding, 1959
Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978)
Oil on canvas
Four Seasons calendar illustration for Brown & Bigelow
© 1959 Brown & Bigelow


Quick Pics
Each Quick Pic activity is about 5-10 minutes in duration, with each being taught one image per day over a week.
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Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.