Thursday, February 10, 2011

What We're Reading- Books about Snow

I meant to have this up earlier in the week but the stomach flu hit- UGH! Fortunately it seems like I was the only one knocked down.

Since we were blessed with an abundance of snow last week, we read a lot of snow related books. Here are some of our favorites:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic snowy story. This book is about a little boy's adventures in the snow- from making footprints and snowmen to trying to bring home a snowball in his pocket. It's a fun read that Jonathan enjoyed a lot- one we will definitely be pulling out for next winter!

Since this is a classic book and a 1963 Caldecott award winner, there are a lot of great resources for this story online:

* The Snowy Day Lapbook @ Confessions of a Homeschooler
* Snowy Day Activities @ Mama Jenn
* The Snowy Day Unit @ Webbing Into Literacy

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The Biggest Snowball of All by Jane Monclure was part of a 1980s series called the Magic Castle Readers. The series was designed to teach basic school skills such as language arts, science, social science, math, health, and creativity. This book, which we received courtesy of my sister in law's used bookstore, is designed to teach the math concepts of size.

Little bear puts a tiny snowball on her nose, but it falls off and rolls down a hill and becomes the biggest snowball of all! This is a fun story that you can come up with lots of good activities to go along with- making snowballs outside (or inside from construction paper). Jonathan seemed to enjoy the story and it's another one that we'll be sure to revisit next year!

The series is out of print, but you can find more information on the books at Jane Monclure's website.

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Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is a cute book about a little Frog who doesn't want to hibernate all winter- he wants to play in the snow! First, Froggy has to get dressed to go out in the snow.... but he keeps forgetting important parts of his clothing! Jonathan got a good laugh from this book and kept saying how silly Froggy was.

When we got ready to go outside, we practiced getting dressed like Froggy. It's great for emphasizing different articles of clothing and how important it is to keep warm in the winter. There are some great web resources for this book as well as other Froggy books. We're definitely going to look for more books featuring this silly frog!

* Froggy Activities and Free Printables @ Learning Treasures
* Froggy felt figures @ Fun Felt for Kids
* Froggy Worksheets (for older ages) @ ABCTeach
* Lesson Plan @ Ittybitty Bookworm

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Snowmen at Night by Carolyn & Mark Buehner is a book we discovered through our local library's story hour. It is a delightful, imaginative story about what snowmen do after people go to bed. Adding to the fun are hidden items in each picture. Jonathan enjoyed this book as well, but I think he'll enjoy it even more next year when his imagination is more developed and he can find the hidden pictures. We'll definitely check it out again- along with some other books in the snowmen series.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what we're read last week. Thanks for stopping by!

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1 comment:

Brandi said...

I don't think I have read any of these books, but Froggy gets dressed looks cute! And we may have to see if our library has the first would be fun to do some of those other activities with it! :)

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