This is a complete guide for teaching the article entitled "Sapparo's Winter Festival" found in the November/December 2008 edition of National Geographic Explorer Magazine, Pioneer Edition. Included in this lesson plan are pertinent vocabulary words to teach, a purpose for reading, a comprehension strategy to focus on, and ideas for pre-reading, guided reading, and post-reading. Also included are extension activities such as a writing prompt and various word hunts from the article. Students will read the article to learn about what an ice festival in Japan is like and will see pictures of impressive ice sculptures. As they read, they will focus on the five senses and think about what they would see, hear, taste, smell and feel if they were at an ice festival. A great lesson for categorizing and teaching the senses.