Reading in Winter Wonderland ~ White Snow, Bright Snow

I am so excited to be a part of our second annual Winter Wonderland link up!  Last year, The Reading Crew sponsored a winter literacy hop, but we decided to run it a little differently this time. Instead of hopping with the potential of dead links, we decided on a closed link up. What this means is that there is a "map" of the blogs at the bottom of each post, 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. 

On each blog, you will see a word in blue font. This is the blog's mystery word. Please be sure to record them because you will need each word for a five point entry in our raffle. We are raffling off two wonderful prizes. We are giving away a copy of each book featured in our posts to two winners (K-2 group) and the (3-up group). Each prize package will include 12 books (K-2) and 13 books (3-up). 

On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading skill (comprehension or writing typically, but some at the primary level may target vocabulary, fluency, or word building).  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Again, we welcome you to our blogs and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

I had never heard of this book before the hop, but I was intrigued by the old look of the book.  I especially love that it is a Caldecott winner.  It reminds me of  how much we all enjoy the snow and then long for spring when we have grown weary of the cold weather.  It is a book I will definitely enjoy year after year as I use it in my classroom. 
In the book, we see the life of the citizens of a small town as they work and play in the snow. Even the rabbits have to find a way to stay warm in the cold snow.  The everyday life changes as the snow falls and grows deeper. The children enjoy their time outside. Yet in the end, the citizens welcome spring as life returns to "normal" after a long cold winter.
Before reading the book, I plan to spend some time talking about how snow affects our everyday lives. Though we love it, sometimes it gets in the way. The cold snow and weather really makes us have to change so much about our day to day lives.  We will also review cause and effect.

After reading the book to the students, we will discuss the causes and effects in the book and how one cause will create another effect and so on.  The ladders will help the students see that as they use them.  Students can also create their own with the blank templates provided.

One thing I would have my students do is think of a new cause and effect that was not in the book. They would then share them with others to figure out.  They may even write a story about being out in the snow and identify the causes and effects, especially how they build on each other.  I will also have my students practice more cause and effect in different ways.  Games and task cards are always loads of fun!  There is so much we can do to make cause and effect stick.

I just posted these task cards that I used last week.  They are perfect for helping students think critically about cause and effect.  You can grab them for half price through the weekend!  So grab them while you can!

Click on the picture below to grab your free copy from my TPT store.  It will be free forever, so enjoy it!

Before you go, I will remind you that my mystery word is cold. You can enter it onto your sheet or into the rafflecopter below. Good luck to you, and I hope you'll come back soon.

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  1. Cause and effect is so difficult to teach! Your lesson and this book will help so much. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Love that book and I actually looked at it for the blog hop but thought it would be a bit too challenging for K-2. Great choice!
    Reading and Writing Redhead

  3. What a great book for teaching cause and effect! Thanks for helping to plan an upcoming lesson for my students!

  4. I love new resources to teach cause and effect! Thank you for sharing!

    Thinking Out Loud

  5. What's funny is I'm pretty sure that I have this book...probably passed onto me in a pile of old books from somewhere which I always happily take. But, I have never opened it or read it so thanks for enlightening me. I'll have to find it and put it to use!

    Literacy Spark


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