Reading Snowflake Bentley is the highlight of winter in the classroom. Snowflake Bentley Activities are alluring and appealing to such a wide range of children. If you need a fun snowflake text, your best bet is Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. These activities are great even through the month of February.
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Where can I even begin on all of the fun activities for Snowflake Bentley? I like to plan out my entire week for this unit right when we get back to school from the winter holidays. I begin with these lesson plans.
If you teach 2nd or 3rd grade, you can access the standards that are relevant for teaching this story here.
Teaching the vocabulary within stories before you begin reading is vital to our students. Many students, especially mine in the south, don’t have any prior knowledge of snow at all. It has literally only snowed in my town once since I have been born, and I’m no spring chicken – Haha. In addition to Snowflake Bentley vocabulary, I also like to slide in a few words that teach students about literary elements. See some amazing Snowflake Bentley literary elements here. Then check out all of the vocabulary we chat about below.
The magical world of printable snowflakes saved my sanity. Sanity is important as a teacher, too. Hahaha! I used to spend hours teaching my students how to cut the perfect snowflake and that usually resulted in breakdowns, thrown scissors, tears, and so much more (and those were just my reactions!!). Here’s a website that will make cutting snowflakes a breeze and will also help decorate your classroom for months to come. Printable Snowflake Templates can be found here.
Now let’s get started on Snowflake Bentley Reading Activities. When we read stories, I like to have comparable texts to help students really understand what they’ve read. As a writer myself, I usually create my own relatable text to read to my students. Below are the Snowflake Bentley Reading Activities I use with my students, and they absolutely love them. We love reading them together first then throughout the week, students complete a series of questions during center time. These texts are a fun read for students, but it is important that we preview the Snowflake Bentley Reading activities with them because the text complexity is a bit high. Challenging our students is a win-win situation. Click on any of the photographs to check out this unit.
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