This mini unit was created to go along with the book Snowmen at Christmas. There are 10 activities included from the following categories:
sequencing- events from the story, how to build a snowman, and test style practice questions.
compare and contrast- our christmas vs. Snowman's Christmas, human children vs. snow children, and two books (to align this to common core, compare and contrast another snowmen book by Caralyn Buehner)
writing- write an entertaining piece about a snow kid's christmas- work through the stages of the writing process- graphic organizers are included. (writing paper)
Acrostic poem- write a snowman acrostic poem. (writing paper)
This mini unit can be correlated to the following common core standards (depending on how you utilize these activities):
3.RL.3- Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
3.RL.9- Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters.
3.W.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
3.W.4- With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
3.W.5- With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
While many of these activities do go with the book Snowmen at Christmas, you could potentially do many of the activities without the use of the book. I have also found this book in board book version which helps in saving money!
This activity was created for my third grade class but it can easily be used in a 2nd or 4th grade class. I believe that some of the activities could also be used for 1st grade, depending on the level of your students.