Whether you live in the icy North or amongst swaying palm trees, you’ve likely had a recent encounter with snow. Perhaps it was just in a photo on a holiday card or an image in a movie. Or, like me, you encountered snow this very morning as you shoveled your walk.
It’s December and a great time to read and learn with students about the fascinating phenomenon of snow. Picture books and discussions about snow can dovetail with science, health, art, music, English language arts, and history lessons for students of varied ages. Explore the following online resources to bring both online multimedia resources and picture books about snow into your curriculum.
History/Science/Biography: Share with students the fascinating biography of Wilson Bentley who intensely studied and photographed snowflakes throughout his life. Listen to this Book Reading and explore the Caldecott-winning book Snowflake Bentley (Houghton, 1998).
Music: Use this Book Guide to perform a participatory “group reading” of the book Snow Music (Greenwillow, 2003) by Newbery Award winning author Lynne Rae Perkins. Students make music and sounds to accompany the story being read aloud.
Art: Accompany a reading of the Caldecott-winning book The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) with the collage and critical thinking activities outlined in this Book Guide. Discuss collage as a picture book illustration technique, compare and contrast collage with other illustration techniques.
What are your favorite books and activities that focus on snow? Leave a comment below this post to share your ideas with other educators.
Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Web 2.0 Content Producer