I love “Snowflake Bentley” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin! It’s the true story of a young man’s passion to discover how to capture and share the beauty of snowflakes. It’s a great read-aloud on many levels: The story of Willie “Snowflake” Bentley teaches little listeners to “stick with it” when it comes to following their dreams, lending itself beautifully to teaching such Growth Mindset concepts as “grit” and “perseverance.” Also the story lends itself very well to teaching CCSS for Reading Informational Text 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8! The artwork is beautiful, and the side-panels—an interesting and unusual text feature--give scientific information about snowflakes and capturing them on camera. Snowflake Bentley’s labor of love to photograph the unique and fleeting beauty of a snowflake is a fascinating and heartwarming story to share. Relax and enjoy this book right alongside your students, then use our text-dependent question card to teach close reading and stimulate conversation. We’ve done all the work so you don’t have to! Also included in this packet is a worksheet for guided or independent review of the book and a choice of snowflake outlines to decorate so that your students can share the beauty of their very own unique snowflake with friends and family.