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Students will "retell a story's beginning, middle and end." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor
- Baby food jars, one per student
- Glitter, white
- Glitter, silver
Set Up and Prepare
- Be sure to have access to a sink. If you don't, fill a large bucket with water to have on hand.
- If you search online, you'll probably find that some snow globes call for glycerin to be added to the water. Knowing the globes might break once out of the classroom, I feel safer sending them home with just plain water. Send a note home to parents the night before the snow globes are sent home. This will help to ensure that they find a safe spot when they arrive.
Step 1: It's time to make some snow globes. Go over expectations that students will treat the jars gently, as they are made of glass.
Step 2: Have students add about 1/4 teaspoon of white glitter and 1/4 teaspoon silver glitter to their jar. If you would like to add an animal or human figurine from the craft store, glue it to the inside of the lid. It will need to dry before you can continue.
Step 3: Run a bead of glue around the inside of the jar's lid. Fill the jar with water, and seal it with the lid. Allow it to dry.
Step 4: Once the jars are dry, students can use them as a prop to retell the story of the The Snow Globe Family.
Create a living snow globe. Cut the side off of a medium size appliance box, and fill it with Styrofoam peanuts. Have students act out parts of the story. Be sure to clean up any errant peanuts by hand, as they can short out a vacuum cleaner.