Hello and welcome to the second annual Winter Wonderland link up! At the bottom of all of The Reading Crew’s posts, there is a “map” of the blogs so you can hop through them all at once, visit some today and some later in the week, or see what best matches your literacy needs.
The Snow Globe Family is one of my very favorite books because it reminds me of that anticipation of a coming snow! Here in Georgia, we don’t get snow much (and yes, it often shuts the state down) so anytime the “S-word” is in the forecast, I get very excited!
The Snow Globe Family is an adorable book by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by S.D. Schindler. It tells the story of TWO families- one that lives in a big house on a hill, as well as the family that lives INSIDE the snow globe sitting on their mantel! Everyone in the “big” family has forgotten about the snow globe – everyone except Baby…
This book is perfect to extend into your writing time, too! Students can imagine they were in a snow globe and draw a scene, which would make a great story starter. I have included a page they can use to draw their scene, as well as a lined writing prompt page.
You can also turn this writing activity into an adorable craft! Check out my blog post to see what I did in my fourth grade classroom, which you can easily do in any grade! I took pictures of the students pretending to be in their snow globe. I also traced around a small plastic (clear) plate on construction paper and students illustrated the inside of the circle, complete with their photograph. We dropped some fake snow and glitter flakes (and even some snowflake confetti) onto their illustration, then I hot glued the plate on to the paper for them. The “snow” moved freely around under the plate. My students absolutely loved this project, and it made their writing some of the best they had done all year!
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