Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us

 

 

Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.

More

 

Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.

More

 

Reading & Language Arts Community

Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

Home õ Classroom Resources õ Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan

Letís Build a Snowman

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

 

Letís Build a Snowman

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 30- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Rebecca L. Olness

Black Diamond, Washington

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

How do animals find food in winter? In this lesson, students will learn that building a snowman is one way to provide food for birds and animals during the winter. Students begin by listening to a book about snow. Students are then introduced to a K-W-L chart and discuss what they know about how animals find food in the winter. As students listen to Henrietta Bancroft's Animals in Winter, they listen for details about how some animals survive during the winter and record those details in the last column of the chart. To continue to build students' knowledge of the topic, they listen to additional fiction and nonfiction books and view a website about animals in winter. As a culminating activity, students use their charts to write and illustrate a story.

back to top

 

FEATURED RESOURCES

K-W-L chart: Students can use this handout to record information they know, want to know, and have learned about winter animals.

back to top

 

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Camp, D. (2000). It takes two: Teaching with Twin Texts of fact and fiction. The Reading Teacher, 53(5), 400Ė408.

  • Twin Texts are two books, one fiction and one nonfiction (informational) on the same (or related) topic. While the nonfiction book answers questions in a straightforward manner, the story structure of a fiction book may be less difficult for students to understand.

  • Pairing books of fiction and nonfiction allows students to become familiar with selected topics and vocabulary.

  • Activating prior knowledge in preparation for literacy tasks enhances comprehension, sets a purpose for reading/listening, and can provide experiences that are meaningful and challenging to students.

  • Using nonfiction materials can also serve other purposes, such as helping students develop reference skills, presenting summaries, introducing new topics, offering instructions to construct hands-on activities, or following recipes.

 

Ogle, D. (1986). K-W-L: A teaching model that develops active reading of expository text. The Reading Teacher, 39, 564-571.

back to top