Dream Snow Teaching Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Subject Area: Language Arts
A simple tale about a farmer who celebrates Christmas and the first snowfall with his five special animals. Beautiful illustrations and festive music capture the special feeling of the holiday season.
Children will engage in an activity to develop prediction.
Cover the top of the book, hiding the author's name. Ask your students to look at the cover of the book. Does the illustration remind them of any other books that they have read? Can they guess the author of the book?
Who do they think is depicted on the cover of the book? Who thinks that it is Santa Claus? Who thinks that it is someone else? Why?
Guessing, Predicting, and Extending the Story
- Drawing paper
- Crayons, markers, and pencils
- Chart paper
- Read the first page of the book to the class. Show them the illustration and ask them to look at each of the animals shown through the windows of the barn. Point to the first window on the left side of the barn. Can they guess what animal One is? Point to each window and ask them to guess which animals Two, Three, Four, and Five are. Record their guesses on chart paper.
- Continue reading the story. Upon reaching the page depicting the white blanket covering One, ask the children to predict what animal it will be. Invite one of them to lift the blanket to see. Compare their guesses with the book. Circle the correct guess on the chart paper or record the correct answer.
- Continue guessing the animal that is under each white blanket and compare it with their original guesses recorded on chart paper.
- Upon reading the next to last page in which the farmer is unpacking his sack while the animals are watching, ask the children to predict what will happen next. Now turn the page and see.
- Guess What's in the Box. What do they think are in the animals' gift boxes? Tell them that they will each make a drawing about a present that they would give to one of the animals. Provide them with drawing materials. After the children have finished their drawings, ask them to fold their drawings in half twice and write the name of the animal on top of the folded paper. Tell the group that they will try to guess what each child will be giving their chosen animal. Ask each child to think of one or two clues that they can give to their classmates. Give everyone a chance to guess and share his or her presents.
- Reread the story another time. This time ask the class to think of a present that one of the animals might give to the farmer. Ask them to make a drawing of the present and write a story explaining why the animal chose the special present for the farmer. Share the stories during group time.
Children will delight in pressing a button at the end of the story to produce lovely music.
Other Books About Christmas
by Elise Primavera
Children will develop language skills while enjoying this imaginative tale about a girl named Sophie who discovers that her eccentric Auntie Claus's annual business trip is really a trip to the North Pole.
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Enhance children's literacy skills with this cumulative story about the demanding but lovable mouse and his holiday season antics.
Clifford's First Christmas
by Norman Bridwell
Young children will be able to relate to Clifford the puppy as he experiences his first Christmas.
Other Books by Eric Carle
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
From Head to Toe
A House for Hermit Crab
Teaching plan written by Risa Young