The Snowy Day Activities Kindergarten Read Aloud
The Snowy Day Activities for Kindergarten and Lesson Plans!
As you know, The Snowy Day is a book about a little boy who wakes up to find a winter wonderland that is filled with fresh snow. who spends the day making snow angels, avoiding a snowball fight, making a snowman, and saving some snow in his pocket.
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats has been one of my favorite picture books for as long as I can remember. Naturally, we had to include this book in our Engaging Readers series!
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 sets of sequencing cards for retelling this story. 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 sequencing option. These are PowerPoint slides with moveable cards that the students can retell the story They work great on an interactive whiteboard or an iPad. Plus, they make prepping this activity simple!
This retelling activity is a great opportunity to ask your students to practice their language skills.
The Snowy Day Book Sentence Study
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.
ometimes we like to keep the reading comprehension pages together, so we make a response book. This snowy day creativity makes a great cover! The simple craft is one of our favorites.
The student version of the sequencing cards or retelling fits perfectly on the inside cover. You can then add these Snowy Day fun class books to one of your bulletin boards.
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! Listening to someone else reading a book is a great way to show different models of reading fluency.
- 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.
Additional Indoor Snow Day Activities and Ideas
Snowy Day Fine Motor Skills
Here is a great activity to add for fine motor fun. Here is what you will need:
- blue paper for the background
- scrap paper for the trees (I used the paper from the recycling bin)
- scissors and glue
- White paint
- Cotton balls or pom poms
- Clothes pin or Fine motor Tweezers.
- Sensory tray to keep everything need.
Students cut shapes for trees and glue them to the background. Then they dip the cotton balls in the paint using the tweezers!
Snow Ice Cream
A fresh blanket of snow BEGS for snow ice cream. In my school, we could not go outside until the new snow was cleared off the playground. Making snow ice cream is so much fun for young kids.
Here is a great snow ice cream recipe that has simple ingredients. You can even add your own favorite ice cream toppings.
Snow Play Dough
You can also make your own snow play dough and add it to your sensory bin. Here are a few recipes I found:
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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I absolutely LOVE the digital retelling as part of the Engaging Readers packets. Thank you!
YES! The student I am working with love them too! Thank you for your comments!!!!
Thank you for the digital version of retelling to go with your Engaging Readers units. My students LOVE these units!
You are welcome!!!