The Snowy Day Reading Activities – Visualizing
The simple illustrations are precious! It is funny how an image can take you right back to kindergarten. I remember Miss Fox reading The Snowy Day to me (a gazillion years ago.)
One comprehension strategy we use with the read-aloud is visualizing. Here are a few student writing samples.
The Snowy Day Reading Activities – Retelling
We have two different retelling options for the classroom to use. One option is the individual cards that students can place in sequential order as they retell the story. This activity is done by the whole classroom, with lots of discussions and retelling practice.
There is also a digital retelling option. These are PowerPoint slides with moveable cards that the students can sequence. They work great on an interactive whiteboard or on an iPad. Plus they make prepping this activity simple!
Each week, the students are given a mentor sentence. First, they construct the sentence and place it in order. The students color code the sentence based on the parts of speech. So far, the students are working on proper nouns, nouns, and verbs.
Sometimes we like to keep the reading comprehension pages together, so we make a response book. The craft makes a great cover!
The student version of the retelling fits perfectly on the inside cover.
Here are a few other ways to conduct the sentence and grammar study that go with The Snowy Day.
The Snowy Day – Vocabulary Lesson
We also pull a few words from the text each week to dive into a vocabulary lesson! We want to be certain students are determining the meaning of unknown words by hearing them in context. After all, this is the vocabulary skill we want them to learn. So we discuss the word, define the word, and use the word. Each week we focus on two new vocabulary words.
One of the words was “heaping.”
The Snowy Day Video
I love Brightly Storytime and this video version of The Snowy Day is fantastic!
- The Snowy Day Activities and Worksheets
You can find all of these reading activities and The Snowy Day craft templates by clicking:
We also made a digital version that is wonderful for snow days or days when you need to teach virtually.
The Snowy Day Free Lesson Plan Template
You can download this free template by clicking HERE.
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Free File to Include in The Snowy Day Activities
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