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The Snowy Day Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Snowy Day will love this post. It includes information bout the book, resource recommendations, and teaching ideas.

With a theme of feelings, this The Snowy Day picture book by Ezra Jack Keats is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your favorite children’s books about winter

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

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

THE SNOWY DAY SUMMARY

One morning, Peter wakes up and looks out his window. He is excited to see that it had snowed! Everything he can see is covered in snow. Peter eats his breakfast and heads outside. He crunches through the snow, looking at his footprints as he walks. When he finds a stick, Peter uses it to smack a tree. He is surprised when the snow falls from the tree onto his head.

 

Peter continues his adventures through the snow. He watches some older boys have a snowball fight, and looks forward to when he is old enough to join them. He climbs a big pile of snow and has fun sliding down. Peter even makes snowballs and a snow angel. Before going inside, Peter makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket for the next day.

 

He is excited to tell his mother about all the fun he had in the snow. Before bed, Peter gets his jacket to check on his snowball and realizes it is gone! Peter is very sad that his snowball is gone. He even dreams that the sun melted all the snow. However, when he wakes up, Peter is delighted to see that the snow is still there! In fact, new snow is falling. After breakfast, Peter and his friend head out into the snow for another day of adventure. 

THE SNOWY 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 The Snowy 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 The Snowy Day reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • visualizing
  • analyzing setting
  • analyzing illustrations
  • making connections

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • feelings

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • irregular verbs 
  • compound words 
  • antonyms 
  • onomatopoeia

THE SNOWY 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
The Snowy Day book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Snowy Day?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD500L
  • Guided Reading Level: J
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.

What genre is The Snowy Day?

It is a classics 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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