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This is a fun preschool kindergarten, or 1st grade winter activity that takes a familiar activity of building a snowman and gives children a chance to practice a science exploration fundamental of documenting changes of a snowman, and understanding basic literacy skills of drawing pictures to tell a story, understanding components of a story (beginning, middle, end) and retelling the process using their illustrations.
Each step of the life cycle, the student adds to the existing drawing with their own illustrations. For example, the first step is, “First, snow is made in the clouds above.” The clouds are already drawn, but you will ask the students to draw snowflakes. And it will continue on until the lifecycle of the snowman is complete.
Included with the spinner templates is a teacher version that has rich complete illustrations that you can use for class demonstration.
The main instructional goal of this activity is for students to practice “reading” by sharing with a partner, teacher and/or their parents some key details of how a snowman is created with the help of their illustrations.
What you get:
- Student spinner wheel and cover in black and white
- A teacher spinner wheel with rich illustrations for demonstration
How you can use this resource:
Use in: Introduce in Large group, and then work on project in small groups | Supplement a Winter thematic unit
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