Snowmen All Yeartells the tale of a boy wishing his snowman was magical. He wishes he could take him to the zoo, camping, to see fireworks, out on Halloween night and to other fun seasonal events.
The text is short and could be written on chart paper for a variety of reading aloud or cloze activities. Certain text could be covered up and a new story could be written. Then students could each have a line to illustrate for a class book.
This story also makes me want to cut out white circles for the students to make their own snowman. Then draw a snowman in a different seasons doing something fun (that is not in the book). I would love to see a snowman in a Hawaiian shirt or on a surfboard.
Here's to another great January read aloud for a snow theme!
Unique holiday celebrationsunfold when students spotlight their families’ favorite traditions. Have each child copy “Oh, what fun it is to…”near the top of plain white paper and illustrate a favorite holiday tradition in the remaining space. Then, on a sheet of writing paper, describe the tradition. Next, folds a piece of colorful construction paper in half. Keeping the fold at the top, glues the illustration on the front cover. Then, glue the written work inside it. Provide time for students to embellish their work with markers, crayons, and decorations. For added sparkle, have each child squeeze a thin trail of glitter glue around the oval on the front of her work.
The holiday song lyrics mentioned above sparked my brain for more winter writing ideas for January:
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland." - You could take your students on a winter walk and then write about it when they return.
"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" - Have student write what they do on a snowy day!
For those middle school English Teachers, I found some winter themed songs as well!
Song for a winter's night - Sarah McLachlan Long December - Counting Crows Winter - Tori Amos Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles Early Winter - Gwen Stefani California Dreaming - Mamas and the Poppas
There are lots of great lyrics from these songs. With those older students, teachers can print up or play these songs. Use visualization and connections with the lyrics. Then have the students choose one line to use as their title for some beautiful, creative writing!