Ezra Jack Keats was a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator. His books include Peter's Chair, Whistle for Willy, and the timeless classic The Snowy Day. Use these activities and lessons to introduce students to Keats's work.
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.
1. Have a discussion about winter. Explain that students will be making their own "snowflakes."
2. Demonstrate how to fold the tortilla shell into quarters.
3. Make one more fold, and use the scissors to cut out a snowflake. (This is the same as cutting out a paper snowflake.)
4. 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.)
5. Have students wash their hands and lead them through the steps again.
6. 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.