This winter, 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! This activity focuses on writing good beginnings and endings, word choice, sentence variety, clear sequencing and use of order words.
This engaging winter writing activity guides students through the entire writing process. The unit includes:
• 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” – This four-page student thesaurus was specially designed for this snowman 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 – One page of additional linking words (words showing similarity, difference, cause/effect, examples, sequence, and conclusion) are included for advanced writers.
• Writing and Explanation Poster – To keep students on-track, you can display or distribute this poster of structure and strategies.
• Modeling Pages – Two modeling pages provide high quality examples of each type of introduction and conclusion taught in this lesson.
• Themed Winter Writing Paper – A lined sheet of paper with snowmen at the top of the page is available to print for the 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.
Simply click on Preview for a quick look at what’s included. The adorable snowmen (featured on each page) were created by Cara Taylor (Cara’s Clips) and can be found on her Teachers pay Teachers store.
Looking for more winter writing activities? Ask your students to persuade the principal to cancel school with Snow Day!
Common Core State Standards Addressed:
Grade 3 – L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.3.5, W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.5
Grade 4 – L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.4.5, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5