Snowmen at Night for BIG KIDS! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Snowmen at Night for BIG KIDS!

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Typically, you probably think of the book, Snowmen at Night, as a book for "little kids." But this is a fun book to use with the big kids too!

Here are some great activities to use after you read this book with your grades 3-5 students!

This is a good book to use if you are working on identifying the structural elements of a poem.

Grab this freebie with an excerpt of the book that will allow the students to label the stanzas, rhyme scheme, and verses. 

I also chose that excerpt of the book intentionally, to enable a focus on punctuation craft- discuss why the author used the long dashes instead of commas (what does it make you do as you read?) as well as the first stanza including parentheses.

This book also, of course, opens up a great writing opportunity! Have the students work on writing their own poem describing what a snowman does at night.

Here is a great video you can show your struggling students to help them understand how to write a rhyming poem. (Although the video is titled as "for K-2" I think it's still very appropriate for many students who need help understanding how to rhyme.)

Then, bring some art education into the classroom! Check out this fantastic post from A Faithful Attempt about the principle of movement in art using chalk pastels on construction paper! This would be a fantastic display for the hallway with their poems attached!

Not feeling the mess chalk pastels might create? Do this fun torn paper art activity instead found on The Elementary Art Room's blog:

I hope your students love this book as much as mine always did! :) Enjoy!


  1. Jivey is this a mentor text you already have?

    1. Hi Bree! This text can be found in the second grade set, but not in the upper grades resources. The freebies here are only found here. :)

    2. Ok thank you I think I am going to give it a go and make my own mentor sentence with this one and use your other resources! You inspire me!!


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