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Snowmen At Night Cause and Effect Drawing and Descriptive Writing Activities

Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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Use your favorite winter read aloud Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner to help your students identify and show cause and effect relationships, have conversations about cause and effect, and write descriptively about a small moment.

With your own copy of the book the book Snowmen At Night, along with the teacher guide and activities in this resource, you’ll have everything you need to teach your students as they:

★ Listen to your read aloud of Snowmen At Night

★ Set personal learning goals using the detailed activity rubric

★ Create a three-panel cause and effect drawing featuring their own snowman’s secret celebration

★ Participate in a partner feedback conversation about their cause and effect drawings

★ Write a short descriptive paragraph about their snowman’s secret celebration

★ Edit their writing using a descriptive writing checklist

★ Mount their project for publishing or display

★ Reflect on their learning using the rubric



Print and Google Classroom Versions: these activities can be printed and used for in-person learning, or added as an assignment to your Google Classroom for distance learning. All digital resources are formatted in Google Slides.

Teacher Guide: Step-by-step lesson plans to make planning and prepping this activity a breeze. This guide breaks the activity apart into three sessions, which can be done on three separate days, or squeezed into one snowman-themed day filled with a read aloud, drawing, students conversations, writing, editing, and finalizing.

Activity Rubric: A detailed rubric that helps students set personal goals for their ability to illustrate cause and effect, tell about their snowman’s secret celebration through descriptive writing, and produce quality work. This rubric can be introduced at the launch of the activity, then used by students as they reflect on their work before submitting for grading/scoring.

Snowman Celebration Cause & Effect Drawing Template: This printable template guides students through each step needed to create a three-panel cause & effect drawing. In the first panel, students are instructed to show how their snowman looks at sunset after it has been freshly-made. In the middle panel, students are instructed to Illustrate their snowman celebrating at midnight. In the third panel students are instructed to illustrate how their snowman looks the following morning at sunrise with subtle hints related to the snowman’s secret midnight celebration.

Partner Feedback Conversation Cards: This two-sided printable guides students through a partner feedback exchange. Prompts to ask for feedback about cause and effect illustrations, as well as prompts to provide feedback for illustrations are included. These prompts support students in providing meaningful feedback when they notice their partner’s illustrations are clear and complete, but also guides students to provide productive feedback if they notice their partner’s illustrations are unclear or incomplete. 

Snowman Celebration Descriptive Writing Template: This printable template guides students through each step needed to create a short descriptive paragraph about their snowman’s secret celebration. The attached checklist reminds students to write a description filled with strong adjectives, vivid verbs, and proper punctuation.

Snowman Celebration Descriptive Writing Samples: Four writing samples help your students analyze what makes a strong descriptive piece, and serve as exemplars for your students’ written work.

Descriptive Writing Editing Checklist: This checklist reminds students to identify adjectives, verbs, punctuation marks, and capitalization as they self-edit. An additional column on the checklist provides space for a peer or teacher to edit a second time and provide feedback as needed before students write their final draft.



This engaging winter-themed activity gives students practice with multiple second and third grade reading and writing skills. Not only will they practice identifying and representing cause and effect relationships, they will also participate in descriptive writing practice with a review of grammar concepts including adjectives, verbs, punctuation, and capitalization.


The included brainstorm activity helps students gather ideas prior to writing their letter of thanks. The format of the stationery pages gives students a clean, concise checklist with each part of a letter (date, greeting, body, closing, signature) to support them as they write.


The four writing samples and detailed rubric included in this resource help students set goals, and paint a clear picture for your high-quality work expectations. The Partner Feedback Conversation Card supports students in reflecting on the quality and clarity of their work during the creation process.


This resource is ready-to print, and includes a detailed teacher guide making it easy to use in your classroom tomorrow.


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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.


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