The Black Snowman Lesson Plan
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
My kindergarten and first grade students love The Black Snowman and often ask to hear it again. They voted it their favorite book of the year in 2005. I use this book as a read-aloud for many different purposes, like learning about yourself, learning about your family and history, art concepts, feelings, and more. My students love the story, the illustrations, the open ending, and the "hero."
Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
- The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez
Set Up and Prepare
- Discuss how students can learn about themselves. Some ideas may include: talking to family members who are your ancestors or forefathers; learning about your culture; or asking other students to describe you.
Step 1: Discuss any words or ideas that may be difficult for your students to comprehend.
Step 2: Show students the book cover and discuss what they think will happen in the story based on the cover illustration.
Step 3: Read the book aloud to the class. As you read, pause a few times to ask the children to predict what will happen next.
Step 4: After finishing the book, have the students write about what would happen at the fireman's house when his daughter uses the magic kente cloth for her doll. How will it help someone? What will happen at the end of their story? What will happen to the kente cloth next?
Supporting All Learners
This lesson is geared toward students who need to learn about being proud of themselves and their heritage.