If you are looking for a delightful book to go along with cold, snowy weather, check out one I came across the other day, Snowmen at Night, written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner.
After a little boy notices that the snowman he built the day before looks a bit different, he begins to wonder what snowmen actually do at night. That is the Kick-Off of this rhyming story. The story is presented as a series of Actions of the many activities of snowmen at night! It would be an ideal selection to use with Braidy the StoryBraid Doll.
Before reading Snowmen at Night, you may want to begin by doing an activity similar to one of our previous blogs, modified as needed…Winter’s Coming! Narrative/Expository Setting Lesson
This offers a great opportunity to review the four seasons and then focus on winter. Depending on your students, they could draw and write about a winter Setting using page 149 from the Braidy Manual.
The Wild Toboggan Ride by Suzan Reid was always a wintertime favorite of my kindergarten students. The book lends itself to talking about changes in Settings and Listing/Sequencing discussions using Braidy and the text.
Jim Aronsky’s Every Autumn Comes the Bear is a beautifully illustrated books in watercolor paintings that shows the changes in seasons. It would go along with the Setting theme. Students could paint their own Setting using watercolors using the Braidy Setting frame (reinforcing the Setting star icon), found on page 135 of the Braidy manual.
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), is a story in rhyme about a bear who finds it hard to hear Old Man Winter’s instruction that it is time for his wintertime sleep. Bear hears something different each time (ex. drive a jeep, go sweep). It is a repetitive tale with a refrain that students will enjoy. Again, this book would fit in nicely with our winter theme.
Also, check out our winter themed blogs presented last year…