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Lesson Plans
Fun in the Snow
1st–2nd Grade
Objective Objective
  • Students will recall and reference events in a story.
  • Students will use oral and written language to describe winter activities.
  • Students will draw a picture of their favorite winter activity and write a sentence about it.
Materials Materials Needed
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Chalk or write & wipe marker
  • Chalkboard or write & wipe board
  • Fun in the Snow Worksheet
  • Crayons or colored pencils
Introduction Introduction

Tell students that you are going to read them a story about a boy and what he does on a snowy winter day. Ask them if they have ever played in the snow. If so, have them share what they did. (If you live where it snows every winter, simply have your students share which snow activities they enjoy the most. If you have students who have rarely or never seen snow, ask them what snow activities they think might be fun.)

Procedure

Procedure

  1. Before reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, ask students to pay special attention to the activities Peter sees and does while he is outside. Then, read the story aloud.
  2. After you have finished reading, ask students to recall some of the things that Peter did in the snow. Write their answers on the board in the form of simple words or phrases (“made snow angels,” “built snowman,” etc.). To help them recall, you may want to go back through the story and hold up the book so they can see the pictures again.
  3. Once you have a complete list of the activities from the story, read the list aloud and point to the words.

Guided/Independent Practice

Guided/Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Fun in the Snow worksheet and some crayons.
  2. Have them draw a picture of their favorite winter activity (or an activity they would like to do in the snow).
  3. Have them write a sentence or two beneath the picture to describe the activity.

  4. Variation: For older students, or those who are strong writers, try giving them one of the following story starters and have them write a paragraph around the idea:
    • “Gotcha!” my friend yelled as the snowball hit me.
    • The snowman was almost finished. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect until I added…
    • “Hang on tight!” Dad said as he pushed my sled from the top of the hill.
    • As I laced up my skates, I saw my best friend racing across the ice to…

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