The Snowy Day Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
I use The Snowy Day during an Ezra Jack Keats author study, as well as during a seasonal unit on winter. Students love unfolding their tortilla shells to find they have created a snowflake.
Students will "distinguish among the various forms of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, and hail), making connections to the weather in a particular place and time." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- paper plates, one per student
- tortilla shells, one per student
- scissors (clean)
- cream cheese, softened
Set Up and Prepare
Make sure the scissors have been thoroughly washed before using them to cut the tortilla shells.
- Have a discussion about winter. Explain that students will be making their own "snowflakes."
- Demonstrate how to fold the tortilla shell into quarters.
- Make one more fold, and use the scissors to cut out a snowflake. (This is the same as cutting out a paper snowflake.)
- Open the snowflake on a plate and sparingly spread on some cream cheese. (Don't apply too much as it will go through the holes of the flake.)
- Have students wash their hands and lead them through the steps again.
- When they have finished adding cream cheese let them sample their snowflake. Enjoy!
Make paper snowflakes and donate them to a senior center or hospital.