January is my favorite month to read books about snowmen, and Snowzilla by Janet Lawler is one of my favorites! Here are some activities to pair with the story along with a winter kid craft that your students will enjoy!
Cami Lou and her brother build the biggest, hugest, most mammoth snowman the world has ever seen. It’s Snowzilla! The snowman becomes an instant sensation, and tourists pour into the small town. But not everyone is impressed. Some say the giant snowman brings giant problems. Then a judge rules that Snowzilla must come down. Can Cami Lou and her brother save Snowzilla? You’ll have to read it to find out!
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I have written eight comprehension questions for this story. These can be used for classroom discussions or as a prompt for journal writing.
After reading the story, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
I have also included a few graphic organizers for students to practice summarizing or retelling the story in their own words. If you are working on identifying story elements, these spinner activities are a lot of fun. These can be used with the whole group, in small groups, or even with partners.
I have selected eight vocabulary words to focus on while reading Snowzilla. The vocabulary cards can be put into a pocket chart for easy reference as you come across them in the text. After reading, students can work more closely with the vocabulary words using this Winter Words organizer. Students will choose three of their vocabulary words. For each word, students write a definition. Then students can choose to draw a picture or write an original sentence to demonstrate understanding of the word. Finally, you can check for understanding of the vocabulary words using the vocabulary match-up and fill-in-the-blanks pages.
Winter Kid Craft and Writing
There are four writing prompts included with this pack: friendly letter, opinion, narrative, and how-to. You can also allow students to choose their own way to respond to the text. There are several options of writing papers to choose from. Once finished, students can put together this winter kid craft.
The craft can stand alone, or you can attach it to the top of their writing for a winter-themed bulletin board display.
You can find all of these activities and more in this Snowzilla Book Companion:
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