Snowflake Bentley (there is a clipart set specific to this book) activities and lesson plan ideas
Snowflake Bentley (there is a clipart set specific to this book) activities and lesson plan ideas
Snowflake Bentley (there is a clipart set specific to this book) activities and lesson plan ideas
Snowflake Bentley (there is a clipart set specific to this book) activities and lesson plan ideas
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Snowflake Bentley (there is a clipart set specific to this book) activities and lesson plan ideas

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Our Snowflake Bentley Activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Jacqueline Briggs Martin's book. Read aloud the winter picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.

 

THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:

◼️ READING STRATEGIES

☐ summarize / retell

☐ analyzing character

☐ analyzing setting

☐ making connections

☐ identify the main idea

☐ sequencing

☐ cause and effect

 

◼️ SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS

☐ patience

☐ perseverance

 

◼️ GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS

☐ multiple meaning words

☐ antonyms

☐ shades of meaning

☐ plural nouns

 

SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT: 

Snowflake Bentley tells the story of a real person, Willie Bentley. Ever since he was a young boy, Willie Bentley was fascinated by snowflakes. He spent his winters catching snowflakes and studying them. When he got older, his parents bought him a microscope camera so he could photograph the snowflakes. Willie wanted to share the beauty and uniqueness of snowflakes with others. It was not easy to photograph the snowflakes and people in Willie’s town thought he was silly.

Willie Bentley dedicated his life to studying and learning about snowflakes. Eventually, he published a book with all of his photographs, and scientists around the world were interested in his work. When he passed, the children in his community dedicated a monument and museum to his work.

THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:

 Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
 Social-Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
 Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
 Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
 Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
 Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space

 Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution

 Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book

 Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)

 Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration

 Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
 Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally

 Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram

 Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another

 Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence

 Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections

 Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board

 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End

 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping

 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:

  • narrative
  • persuasive / opinion
  • descriptive
  • expository / informative
  • creative / story writing
  • procedure / how-to
  • list-making
  • letter / postcard writing
  • poem
  • book reviews

INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:

➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)

➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables