The perfect time for books about snow, mittens, & penguins. Today I will begin with a few books & ideas about snow !
Amy Loves the Snow by Julia Hoban
Grade Level: K-1
Story: Amy goes out to play in the snow with her Dad and they makes a snowman. This is a simple text with one or two sentences. This book works great with a short lesson and then centers related to the story and ..... SNOW!!
Lesson: Read aloud the story first for enjoyment and then next for a mini lesson. There are several patterns in the story. During the second reading I have the kidos listen for patterns. The text has several patterns: color patterns, sound patterns, and opposites. Use a T-chart to show the patterns and discuss them with the class.
Writing:Have the students change the patterns in the story to create a new story. For example: The story says, "I have red mittens and a red scarf. Daddy has blue mittens and a blue scarf." Kidos can rewrite this as "I have purple mittens and a purple hat. Daddy has orange mittens and an orange hat." Next, have the kids re-write their stories and illustrate them.
Sequence: This book follows a predictable pattern. Type up the text and then cut the text apart. Have the kidos reassemble the story, read to a partner, and then illustrate their favorite part.
Art: Have students assemble a paper or cotton ball snowman. They can add a carrot nose just like Amy or even other snowman parts. I have also used coffee filters for a snowman body! Decorate and hang.
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by: Lucille Colandro
Grade Levels: 2-4
Story: Follows the pattern of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" with a surprise ending!
Sequence: With little ones, use cut out pictures and have the students glue them in order on a sequence paper. With older kidos, use both pictures and a sentence to create a sequence chart.
1. Make a list of other winter/snow words on chart paper after a read aloud of the story.
2. Have students create their own " There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A ---------------- " story. You could even do this with partners!
3.. Publish (I love using the computer to publish!) Share stories in your author's chair. Or better yet, go read these stories to a kindergarten or 1st grade classroom.
A Very Special Snowflake by Don Hoffmann
Story: Jeff and Veronica go outside to play with their white dog, Snowflake. They lose "Snowflake" and begin to ask everyone in the neighborhood if they see snowflake. Of course, the neighbors think the children are talking about the snow around them. A clever story with a cute ending.
Lesson: When reading this story have children find the puppy in the pictures. They love doing this! This is a wonderful story to use with the concept of multiple meanings. I write the sentences from the story on sentence strips and talk about how the characters are confused. After a discussion, then, place five sentences on chart paper that illustrate multiple meanings. Next, have the students work with partners using a list of words provided by you to make more sentences to try an stump their peers. To continue with the snow theme have the students write the sentences on snowflakes and place on a bulletin board.
Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story by: David A Johnson
Grade Level: 3-6
Story: Sweep, crunch, swoosh, and scrape are some of the snow sounds heard all night long as the snow falls. Early in the morning a snowplow drives its way through the drifts along the state highway. Then, a smaller plow cuts through the snowfall along the county road. A boy lies in his bed and listens to his father break out the snow blower. A little boy bundles up and shovels the sidewalk. Finally, the sound of a school bus can be heard as it arrives in time to take the boy off to school.
Lesson: This is the perfect book to introduce onomatopoeia to students. Discuss how this poetic device works in poetry and texts. I pass out index cards with examples and non-examples. Then the kidos get up and place them on a T-Chart with the labels "examples" and "non-examples" We discuss the chart and then I have students write short sentences or poems using this device. Place them on snowy scenes illustrated by the students or snowflakes on a bulletin board entitled "Snowy Sounds"
Happy Wintery Reading!!