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Snowflake Bentley Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Snowflake Bentley 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 patience and perseverance, this Snowflake Bentley picture book by Jacqueline Briggs Martin 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 Snowflake Bentley Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Snowflake Bentley. 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 Snowflake Bentley reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY SUMMARY

Snowflake Bentley tells the story of a real person, Willie Bentley. Ever since he was a young boy, Willie Bentley was fascinated by snowflakes. He spent his winters catching snowflakes and studying them. When he got older, his parents bought him a microscope camera so he could photograph the snowflakes. Willie wanted to share the beauty and uniqueness of snowflakes with others. It was not easy to photograph the snowflakes and people in Willie’s town thought he was silly.

Willie Bentley dedicated his life to studying and learning about snowflakes. Eventually, he published a book with all of his photographs and scientists around the world were interested in his work. When he passed, the children in his community dedicated a monument and museum to his work.

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY 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 Snowflake Bentley, 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 Snowflake Bentley reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • analyzing character
  • analyzing setting
  • making connections
  • identify the main idea
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • patience
  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • multiple meaning words
  • antonyms
  • shades of meaning
  • plural nouns

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY 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
Snowflake Bentley book companion
elementary teacher asking her students a question about the picture book she is reading

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Snowflake Bentley?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD830L
  • Guided Reading Level: S-T
  • DRA Level: 44
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 5.2-5.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It was illustrated by Mary Azarian.

What genre is Snowflake Bentley?

It is a nonfiction 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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