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Cozy Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Cozy will love this post. It includes the book’s summary, teaching ideas, recommended resources, and more!

With a theme of sharing, this Cozy picture book by Jan Brett is a favorite in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorites too!

If you love Jan Brett as much as I do, then head on over to this list of Jan Brett books for more book suggestions. It highlights some her classic stories like The Mitten, Gingerbread BabyMossy, and more.

Engage Your Students with Cozy Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Cozy.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Cozy reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

COZY SUMMARY

Jan Brett’s winter book Cozy tells the story of a musk ox living in the tundra. Cozy got his name because of his thick, warm, and silky coat. At the start of winter, Cozy had been separated from his family and would be spending the cold winter alone. 

 

As the storms rolled into, a family of lemmings decided to take shelter under Cozy’s coat. He didn’t mind; in fact, he enjoyed the company. When other small animals approached looking for a warm place to stay, Cozy welcomed them. By the end of the winter, the family of lemmings, Snowshoe Hare, a snowy owl, Arctic Fox, a wolverine, a team of huskies and a musher were sharing the warm space under Cozy’s thick coat. Each time a new animal joined the group, Cozy made sure they were aware of the house rules. 

 

The animals started to get restless as spring grew closer, and Cozy began to shed his coat. When the animals finally left to return to their spring homes, Cozy was able to finally move about freely. As he started to run and jump around the tundra, he finally found his herd.

COZY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Cozy, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Cozy reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize / retell, 
  • analyzing character, 
  • analyzing setting, 
  • plot | problem – solution, 
  • sequencing

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • sharing

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • adjectives 
  • adverbs 
  • prepositions 
  • prefixes

COZY ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Cozy book companion
elementary students sitting on rug spots listening to a picture book being read aloud

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Cozy book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Cozy?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD760L
  • Guided Reading Level: R
  • DRA Level: 40
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 4.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Jan Brett.

What genre is Cozy?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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