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Snowmen All Year

November 24, 2010

 Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

What would you do if you had a magical snowman that stayed with you all year? Other books by this author include : Snowmen at Christmas and
Snowmen at Night. Click on snowman for lesson plans that include sentence frames and a word bank.

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  1. teacherthinktank permalink*
    December 8, 2010 9:53 pm

    This was a break-through lesson for my class today. The students enthusiastically wrote about the possibility of having a snowman all year. I used the book as a mentor text for establishing the problem and the setting in the very beginning of the story. I also used the sentence starters based on the author’s organization, as a guide for organizing a story through the seasons. Students were given the choice of using the sentence starters or not. They were directed to include each season. Many students used variations of the sentence starters. Students used the NEO (word processors) to create their stories. They were given time to write their beginning, concentrating on including the setting and problem in this part of the story. I then asked for volunteers to have their story beginning projected from the NEO to the interactive screen. Students were able to help each other check for the setting and the problem. They also helped edit their story beginning for spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. They completed their stories and peer edited before having a teacher conference. The resulting compositions were by far the best ones produced this year.

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