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Snow Day Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Snow Day will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of responsibility, this Snow Day picture book by Ezra Jack Keats is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

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

  1. Read a summary of Snow Day. You can find it in the section below.
  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 Snow Day reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

SNOW DAY SUMMARY

A father and his two kids hear the weatherman say it’s going to snow. The family gets excited about the possibility of a snow day and begin planning. They can’t wait to build a snow fort, drink hot chocolate, and go sledding. Everyone heads off to bed in anticipation of the big snow storm and a day at home.

However, when they wake up they are surprised to see no snow outside and children walking down the street with their backpacks on! It didn’t snow afterall, and now they are going to be late for school. The family rushes to get ready and into the car. The dad mentions that he cannot be late for school and surprises readers by saying he is the teacher!

Students will love this book about a snow day and learn that teachers like them too!

SNOW DAY 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 Snow Day, 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 Snow Day reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • making connections
  • asking and answer questions
  • cause and effect
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • responsibility

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • compound words
  • adjectives
  • interjections

SNOW DAY 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
Snow Day! book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Snow Day?

  • Lexile® Measure: 500L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Ezra Jack Keats. It was illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

What genre is Snow Day?

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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