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Snowmen at Night Activities and Lesson Ideas (Free Activity TOO!)

Snowmen at Night Activities and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten or First Grade with a free file. These reading comprehension activities will have students visualizing or making mental images, making connections, retelling text details, and creating a cute snowman craft. Students also have math and literacy activities and a STEM challenge!

Snowmen at Night Activities 

My class has always loved this sweet book.   We begin the week’s lesson by reading it over and over.  Snowmen at Night was written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by her husband, Mark Buehner.  The rhyming in the text makes it fantastic for strengthening our phonemic awareness and the illustrations are spectacular!

Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Ideas
Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Ideas
Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Ideas

Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Activities:  Visualizing

One tip I’d like to share with you is this.  When you are reading a picture book to your students, you don’t always have to share the illustration right away.  Pause and ask your students to make a picture in their head.  This is what all good readers do when they are reading… regardless if they are 5 years old or 95 years old.

Snowmen at Night:  Text Details

Typically in our Engaging Readers Comprehension Units we ask students to discuss text details.  Often times that means a retelling of the text.  However, this is one of those books that is challenging to retell since it is essentially a list of the various adventures the snowmen had at night.  Therefore, we ask students to sort the events or details that were in the text and those that were not.

The digital text details for Snowmen at Night also make for a great retelling student center activity.

Additional Reading Comprehension Strategies for Snowman at Night

Each day of our read aloud, we focus on a different comprehension strategy.  We included the following prompts for the other days:
  • Wednesday:  Connections – Readers make connections. Have you ever made something that did not last? Write about what happened.
  • Thursday: Infer – Readers infer to help them understand what is happening in the story. Why did the snowmen drink ice-cold cocoa instead of hot cocoa?
  • Friday: Opinion – Writers can state their opinion and tell why. Which drink do you like best? Hot cocoa or chocolate milk.
     

Snowmen at Night Craft

We love how this snowman craft turned out.  We also add our weekly sentence study to it.

Snowmen at Night Video

Here is a great Snowmen at Night video that your students will love.  It provides another model for fluent reading.

Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Activities

Here is a little peek at what you will find in the Snowmen at Night Read Aloud Lesson Plans.

Snowmen at Night:  STEM

We loved the photo of the snowmen on the sleds.  So we added a little STEM activity for the Science, Math, and More units.

The students have a planning sheet they can use to plan and test out their sled.

Snowmen at Night: Centers and Worksheet Activities

Here are a few activities that go along with the book, Snowmen at Night.   You will find the following worksheets in this unit:

  • Snowman’s Picture subitizing/number recognition coloring activity
  • Snowman an addition coloring activity
  • Sledding Fun and Wanna Build a Snowman editable sight word worksheets [so you can add your own words].  WIN!

Snowmen at Night Literacy Centers

There are two literacy center activities. 

  • short e vowel puzzles
  • -old word family puzzles.
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Snowmen at Night Math Centers

There are two levels of this math addition activity.

You can find the STEM activity, the Snowmen at Night Worksheets, and the centers in this unit:

Snowmen at Night:  Free File

AND because it is impossible for me to walk past the mini-erasers at Target, I made this fun little pattern math center for you.  You can grab this free file at the end of the blog post.

Snowmen at Night Free Math Activity

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Other Winter Read Aloud Activities

You may be interested in these winter-themed read-aloud blog posts.

 

Snowmen at Night Activities and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten or First Grade with a free file. These reading comprehension activities will have students visualizing or making mental images, making connections, retelling text details, and creating a cute snowman craft. Students also have math and literacy activities and a STEM challenge!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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16 Responses

  1. Good evening Mrs. Willis,

    Would you please clarify the following for me: I see that this page says “Free File – Snowmen at Night Lesson plans”. Am I reading this incorrectly because I have been looking for the lesson plans and can’t locate them. I know it is late and that may be the problem. I love your many activities and lessons am thankful that you share them. Please let me know. Thank you!

    1. Hi Suzanne!

      Yes, there is a free file. You just need to scroll to the very bottom of the blog post. There is a box where you enter your email address and then it is sent to your inbox. It has been downloaded several hundred times, so it looks like the tool is working correctly. Can you double check? Let me know if you continue to have problems. 🙂

      [email protected]

  2. This is a random question- I’m a new Kindergarten teacher. I used to teach 5th grade so this is a whole new world to me ?. I’ve been researching what guided reading looks like in kindergarten and I noticed that you have time for word work within your guided reading lesson. My school has us plan for a whole hour of phonics and a separate hour of guided reading. Since we have an hour devoted to phonics, would you suggest to still do word work within my guided reading lessons still?

    1. Goodness, an hour for phonics. I guess my first question is, “How are you differentiating your hour of instruction?” In every class I’ve worked and consulted in, I have found that you start the year with students who know all of their letters and sounds. BUT you also have students who do not know the difference between a letter and a number. I have found that providing targeted word study (phonics) in a small group provides a better opportunity to teach to their zone of proximal development. Hmm… an hour for whole group seems like you would only be able to reach a fraction of your students and may not be the best use of your instructional time budget. I TOTALLY understand this is something that was handed to you, so you may not have the power to change it. But it would be worth a conversation with your instructional leaders. I would start my conversation with the data on where my students are with their phonics knowledge.

  3. Hi!
    I’ve tried a few times now to get the file, but it has come through. I’ve been checking my SPAM, and there’s been nothing from you. Not even your newsletter. 🙁 Help?

    1. I just sent you an email. Your email is being “bounced” which means there is a firewall or filter that blocking any of my free files from reaching you. When this happens, it means you may need to use another email.

    1. Hi Carla,

      There is a link to a free activity at the bottom of the blog post. Just add your email and it will be sent your way. The links to the lesson plans are included in the blog post if you are interested in purchasing them.

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