A week or two before break, we were working on writing stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end along with transition words. One of their assignments was to write a story about a snow day. Now, I teach in Texas…so really the kids I teach have no idea what a snow day is other than what they may have seen on TV. I grew up in the Northeast, so I was able to describe to them how it works with the waking up to snow, running to check the TV or internet to see if there will be school, etc. By the way, let me say that as a teacher in Texas now, I MISS SNOW DAYS!
But, back to the text…I read aloud The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to give them an idea of what a snow day looks like and what they might spend a snow day doing.
The book is very sweet and simple, but the kids love it. I imagine this is mostly because they have never experienced snow, so it is just fascinating to them. The book has a clear beginning, middle, and end and could also be used for sequencing events. The pictures are very simple and the text doesn't have a ton of detail, but enough. Depending on the age group, details could be added to stretch out the small moments.
My kids wrote a story about an imaginary snow day from beginning to end, just like the book. Of course they all wrote about spending the entire day outside building snowmen, making snow angels, having snowball fights, etc. Funny, because I remember staying inside, sleeping late, and watching TV on snow days! But maybe that was when I was a teenager (or a teacher).
I didn't do anything else with it, but I did find some freebies to go with the book on TpT if you want to check them out. Just click on the images to go to the listing.