Many of my students' parents work in factories in and around our town, so the manufacturing process is familiar to them. While I aspire them to be doctors and lawyers, their parents career choice can't be discounted. So I created this activity as a way for them to be included in family discussions, give them a feel for product completion from start to finish, and include a fun winter twist!
Begin by using the included big book, What is a Snowflake? Either print or project the big book and use as a whole group read aloud. Students will read all about and see photos of real snowflakes and learn how they are created. There's a comprehension shape book included.
Next, make an anchor chart with the included chart parts, How to Make a Snowman. This step is important for those kids not used to or those that have never experienced snow. There's a comprehension printable included with an "Ask Me About Snow" necklace to wear home.
You'll set up a mini Snowman "Factory" in your classroom, in which a small group of students make a cute snowman craft with the templates provided in the unit. There is a factory poster, along with material table tents included. I've provided extra factory optional materials, such as display cards and a writing printable. You'll only need paper to make the snowmen, unless you choose to add extras.
Please see the preview for a look at what's included in this unit that's perfect to introduce the winter season and how-to topics.