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How to Catch a Snowman Activities and Lesson Plans

1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for How to Catch a Snowman will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With a perseverance theme, this How to Catch a Snowman picture book by Adam Wallace is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your favorite winter read alouds!

Engage Your Students with How to Catch a Snowman Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of How to Catch a Snowman.
  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 How to Catch a Snowman reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

HOW TO CATCH A SNOWMAN SUMMARY

In the winter, when an enchanted snow star shines down at midnight something magical happens. A snowman comes to life! 

 

The children in the town try and trap the snowman but will anyone be able to catch him? Throughout the book the children set many clever traps hoping to catch the snowman. They make a net of scarves, use a trampoline and even try and trap the snowman in an igloo. However, each time the snowman is able to escape.

 

All day, the children are chasing the snowman but are not successful in catching him. When the sun starts to set, the children are called home for dinner. The snowman has won the contest, no one was able to catch him but he appreciates the children’s effort. To congratulate them for their hard work, he leaves a surprise for them at the library. The snowman created a big snow display of children with a snowman, the snowman’s gift to the children who tried to catch him.

HOW TO CATCH A SNOWMAN 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 How to Catch a Snowman, 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 How to Catch a Snowman reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • analyzing setting
  • identifying genre
  • cause and effect
  • rhyme | rhythm | repetition

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • types of sentences
  • compound words
  • conjunction
  • homophones

HOW TO CATCH A SNOWMAN 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
How to Catch a Snowman book companion
six students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for How to Catch a Snowman?

  • Lexile® Measure: 560L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3 – 3.2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Adam Wallace. It was illustrated by Andy Elkerton.

What genre is How to Catch a Snowman?

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 40 pages long.

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