Snow: A Wintry Extravaganza

Hollie Griffith
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  1. These cross-curricular units take student learning and engagement to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! It’s amazing what students can learn when they are having fun! All of these units focus on reading skills and strategies while integrating science/social studies and the common core standards. This is hands-on le
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This snowy bundle is sure to brighten up those cold winter months!!! Your students will have a blast exploring fiction and nonfiction reading strategies and skills while learning about snow and blizzards! I have included an informational snow book/PowerPoint, comprehension guides, 8 literacy stations/games, seasonal interactive notebook pages, writing activities (opinion, informative/explanatory, narrative), text feature hunt, math games and activities, snowman glyphs, and SO MUCH MORE!!

*This unit was created by and aligned with the common core standards. Look closely at the description and preview!!!

Inside you will find…
A Story About Snow – A nonfiction book/PowerPoint presentation

Reading – Nonfiction
-SQ3R Reading Response Sheet
-It’s Snowing by Gail Gibbons Comprehension Guide {vocabulary, comprehension questions, word work (abc order, rhyming words, possessive nouns, commas in dates)
-Whiteout! A Book About Blizzards by Rick Thomas – Comprehension Questions (With a focus on text features)
-Text Features {Lesson plans, 10 text features response sheets (table of contents, captions, bold print, italics, headings, subheadings, glossary, index, diagrams, dedication)}

Reading – Fiction
-BME Melted Snowman Hat - Perfect for any snowman story!
-Snowzilla by Janel Lawler – Comprehension questions and character trait response sheet.
-The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Culer – Comprehension questions and central message / character change response sheets.
-The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll – Comprehension questions and Story Map
-The Snow Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler – Chapter by chapter comprehension guide. (Perfect for guided reading groups!)
-Student Cover Sheet
-Chapter 1-2 vocabulary, 7 comprehension questions, vowel sounds, shades of meaning, classifying words, contractions
-Chapter 3-5 vocabulary, 5 comprehension questions, visual images, commas, ending sounds, syllables, long e and long o words
-Chapter 6-7 vocabulary, 6 comprehension questions, homophones, rhyming words, syllables,
-Chapter 8-10 vocabulary, 4 comprehension questions, character traits,
-Chapter 11-12 vocabulary, 6 comprehension questions, contractions, homophones, root words, syllables, making connections
-Answer Key

Science Printables and Experiments
-Snowflake Observations – Students observe snowflakes and record what they learned.
-What’s the Temperature – Students put one thermometer under the snow and one thermometer on top of the snow. Students write about what they learned.
-Iceberg fun – Students learn about icebergs and complete an iceberg experiment.
-Salt and Ice – Students complete a salt and ice experiment and write and draw about their observations.

Interactive Notebook Pages – A thematic supplement to your reading journals, social studies journals, and interactive reading notebooks, etc. Addresses standards {RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL..5, RL.9, RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.7}

-Snow Globe Craft – This cute activity can be used for a variety of purposes. I have included lined writing paper and a blank sheet for drawing/writing. One year I had my students write narratives about the snow globe snowman that came to life. This year I want to focus on informational writing, so my students will be reading the “Snow” PowerPoint book that I created and writing informational pieces about snow.
-Snow Web
-Snow Four Square
-Informational Organizer
-Writing Paper with Picture
-How to Build a Snowman – two versions
-Opinion Writing Prompt

8 Literacy Stations and Games
-All Stations are in color & black and white.
1. Homophone Match Up – Match the homophone to the correct sentence. Record answers on the recording sheet.
2. Vocabulary – Students determine the meaning of a word based on the context. Students write a definition and draw a picture of the word on their recording sheet.
3. Homonym Memory – When students make a homonym match they must write and illustrate a sentence using the homonym pair.
4. Root Words – Students are given a stack of word cards with prefixes and suffixes. They must match the word card to the root word and record answers on the recording sheet.
5. Idioms – Students draw an idiom from a stack of cards. They must describe and illustrate the literal and figurative meaning of the word.
6. Compound Words – Students sort compound words. {Compound word/not a compound word}
7. Past Tense Verbs – Students match the verb to the past tense of the verb (irregular).
8. ABC Order – Students put cards in ABC order and record answers on the recording sheet.
9. Noun, Verb, Adjective, Pronoun – Color by parts of speech mystery picture (Wooden Sled)

-Snowman Glyph, Graph, and Graph Questions
-Color by number – Addition
-Mystery picture on the number grid (penguin) - Addition
-True or False with base ten blocks – Students count base ten blocks and determine if the number given is true or false.
-Even or Odd – Students solve subtraction problems and determine if the difference is odd or even.

Table Headers & Desk Name Plates {Editable}

Book Suggestions:
Snowzilla by Janel Lawler
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
The Biggest, Best, Snowman by Margery Cuyler
Sneezy the Snowman by Stephen Gilpin
Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid
Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
Millie in the Snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
Snow Family by Daniel Kirk
Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan
Stella Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay

*Homophones and Homonyms
How Much Can a Bare Bear Bare? By Brian P. Cleary (Great to read before introducing the literacy stations/games!!)

Whiteout! A Book About Blizzards by Rick Thomas
It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
Blizzards! by Lorraine Jean Hopping
Magic School Bus Lost in the Snow by Joanna Cole
Snow Day by Betsy Maestro
Flakes and Flurries: A Book About Snow by Josepha Sherman
Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley

*This product is now bundled!*
Snow, Penguins, & Polar Bears: EXTRAVAGANZA Bundle
Total Pages
242 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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