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This winter picture book companion is a fantastic supplemental resource for the book, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It’s the ideal interactive read-aloud for winter or for educating your students about snowflakes, persistence, dedication, family, and pursuing their passions. Students will love the engaging and fun activities, and you will appreciate the time saved hunting for high-level resources to teach reading concepts that students frequently struggle with.

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With 47 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, this resource is ideal for customizing learning to your student’s specific needs and academic ability. Students will investigate characters, identify story elements, determine the theme, sequence events from the story, write haikus, explore and use new vocabulary, discover cause-and-effect relationships, explore plot elements, investigate imagery, and much more! The activities provided are designed to enable students to apply higher-level thinking skills, to encourage students to provide text evidence to support their thinking, and to challenge students to express their own thoughts and/or perspectives.

Need ideas for different ways you can implement these activities?

  • Focus on different reading skills each day for targeted instruction and have students complete a corresponding printable to check for understanding.

  • During centers, students can independently read the story again and complete an activity that reviews a previously taught concept.

  • Work with students on a reading concept they struggle with during guided reading or strategy groups.

  • Students work with a partner(s) or in literature circles to complete additional reading activities.

This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The book is not included.

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  • Making Predictions – Before reading the book, students will examine the front cover and describe what they see, make predictions about what the book is about, and the questions they think the book might answer.

  • Story Elements – Students fill in the boxes with words and pictures to represent the story elements.

  • Problem & Solution – Students identify the problem & solution in the story.

  • Sequencing – Students will sequence the events of the story with text and illustrations.

  • Timeline of Events – Students will cut and paste the “Timeline Sequencing Cards” in the correct order onto the timeline (ANSWER KEY included).

  • Cause & Effect #1 – Students fill in the missing information with either the cause or the effect.

  • Cause & Effect #2 – Students identify cause and effect relationships in the story

  • Study the Setting – Students will look for details in the text and illustrations that help them have a better understanding of the setting (ANSWER KEY included).

  • Setting Influences the Plot – Students will answer the questions about the setting of the story to gain a better understanding of how a story’s setting helps to build the narrative’s mood, plot, and character development.

  • Summarizing Main Events – Students fill in the missing main ideas and supporting details and use the information to respond to the summary prompts (ANSWER KEY included).

  • Summarizing – Students complete the Somebody, Wanted, Because, But, So graphic organizer and write a summary of the story.

  • Plot Map – Students organize the events of the story on the graphic organizer.

  • Story Plot – Students organize the events of the story on the graphic organizer (has an explanation for the elements of the plot).

  • Character Inside & Out – Students include details from the story to describe what the character says, thinks, does, and feels.

  • Character Traits #1 – Students choose two important character traits that describe the main character and provide evidence from the text to support their choices.

  • Character Traits #2 – Students choose 2 different (positive/negative) character traits that describe the main character and provide examples from the text to support the traits they chose.

  • Character Change – Students choose character traits to describe how the character changed throughout the story and support their thinking with evidence from the text.

  • Character Development – Students describe how the character changed and developed throughout the story, state their opinion regarding which event impacted the character the most, and support their thinking with evidence from the text.

  • Character Summary – Students summarize the main character of the story.

  • Character Perspective – Students will compare the Compare Snowflake Bentley’s perspective to either his friends’, neighbors’, or parents’ perspective in the story by drawing a picture and adding words to the thought bubbles.

  • Making Connections – Students make connections to two events from the story.

  • Making Inferences – Students use clues and schema to come up with two inferences they made from the text.

  • Theme #1 – Students answer the questions to determine which theme best fits the story and provide text evidence to support their choice.

  • Theme #2 – Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence.

  • Thematic Statements – Students choose the thematic statement that they believe best fits the story and include evidence from the text to support their choice.

  • Visualizing – Students will read the sentences from the story and use the author’s descriptive language to illustrate what they visualized.

  • Sensory Details – Students choose an event from the story and describe it from the character’s perspective using all five senses.

  • Winter Imagery – Students describe the winter season using the five senses.

  • Figurative Language – Students will read the text taken from the story, circle the type of figurative language used, determine what is being compared, state the meaning, and answer the extension questions (ANSWER KEY included).

  • Reader Response Questions – Students will answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions to respond to the text (ANSWER KEY included).

  • 4-Writing Prompts – Students will respond to the writing prompts and provide evidence from the text to support their thinking.

  • 24-Vocabulary Matching Cards – Both color and black & white versions are included. can be printed can be used during stations or posted on a word wall to reinforce vocabulary words from the story.

  • 3-Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles – Students will complete a crossword puzzle by matching words from the story to their definitions (ANSWER KEYS included).

  • 2-Vocabulary Word Search Puzzles – Students will find the hidden words in the puzzle (ANSWER KEYS included).

  • Haiku Poem Planning Sheet – Students will choose a topic or object that relates to winter in some way, brainstorm ideas using the five senses, and list adjectives to describe the topic or object.

  • Haiku Poem Template – Students will write and illustrate their Haiku poem.

  • Artist Study – Students will research further into the life of Wilson Bentley to learn more about his life and photography.

  • Snowflake ABCs – Students choose words or phrases that begin with each letter of the alphabet to describe snowflakes.

  • Wait… There’s More! – Students will create an alternate ending to the story.

  • Book Review – Students rate how much they enjoyed the book, draw a new cover, and explain why kids should or should not read it.

  • Design a Book Cover – Students design a new cover for the book.

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This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only.
The book is not included.