Looking for a fun and effective winter writing activity? Ask your students to explain how to build a snowman. The step-by-step nature of this familiar topic makes writing a how-to paragraph a breeze! It focuses on writing good beginnings and endings, word choice, sentence variety, clear sequencing and use of order words.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, this writing activity is classroom tested and kid approved.
• Teacher Directions – Three pages of lesson plans give suggestions for focusing on explanatory writing, planning, using powerful word choice, hooking the audience, wrapping it up, revising, and editing.
• Student Planning Pages – Three student planning pages will guide your students in planning, introducing, and concluding.
• “WOW Words” – The student thesaurus was specially designed for this winter writing activity. When printed back-to-back and folded, it makes a handy guide to help your students with word choice, including specific nouns, lively adjectives, active verbs, and words that show order and direction.
• Linking Words – A one-page quick reference sheet lists more than 50 transition terms (words showing similarity, difference, cause/effect, examples, sequence, and conclusion).
• Writing an Explanation Poster – This cute poster compares the writing process to building a snowman.
• Strategies for Better Writing Poster – Six strategies bump up kids writing: use a hook, order steps, use linking words, choose words carefully, begin each sentence differently, and match the conclusion with the hook.
• Modeling Pages – Two modeling pages provide high quality examples of each type of introduction and conclusion taught in this lesson.
• Themed Writing Paper – Two sheets of lined sheet of paper (with boy building snowman and girl building snowman) are available to print for students’ final drafts.
• Student Editing Checklist – Written in student-friendly terms, this comprehensive writing checklist may be used for editing during a writing conference with the teacher, with peers, or independently.
• Rubric – Also written specifically for this activity, the rubric directly corresponds to the student editing checklist.
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Snowman clip art was created by Whimsy Clips
I’m committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated in November of 2017.