Kick off the winter season with Snow by Cynthia Rylant! With detailed illustrations and Rylant’s sensory filled language, transport your students to a winter wonderland as you read about a child and her grandmother who get to experience all that snow brings: no school, snow angels, catching snowflakes, hot cocoa, and special memories.
This interactive read aloud is designed for one class period, however extensions can be taken over several days. The lesson objective is: Students will be able to make inferences about the snow using the illustrations and author’s words in Snow. At the end of the lesson after students use the text and illustrations to make inferences, students will write in response to the prompt: What is it like to live in a place that snows? How do you know? Use the text and illustrations to help support your answer.
In addition to making inferences (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, vocabulary, creative writing, comparing and contrasting, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 7 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students: included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-Assessment task cards (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-7 vocabulary cards and 3 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-vocabulary 4-square activity
-graphic organizer to compare and contrast types of snow from the text
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-2 blank designs/templates for students to engage in further winter writing activities
-Winter scene coloring page
-2 blank winter themed pages for students to design their own snowman or winter wonderland scene
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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