A blizzard is fast approaching my home today. I have lived here all my life, and while blizzards are no fun unless you are a kid they don’t freak me out. However, I was at the market to pick up some dinner stuff, and this was the bread aisle…
which made me start to think…. ZOMBIES are coming.
But when I got home after my hour at the market to get 2 cans of soup and some salad stuff, the weatherman was insisting that it is just a HISTORIC blizzard headed my way. Phew….. no zombies.
All this brought to mind the years I spent teaching kindergarten in North Carolina.
One year we actually had a really good snowman-making snow. The next day I thought it would be fun to have my kindergarteners who, obviously, now knew how to make a snowman, write a step by step story on how to make a snowman. I was met with bewildered gazes and pin-drop silence. (Okay so, this might have been my first year of teaching.) Finally, one brave should spoke up and said that they didn’t have the right kind of pail, so their snowman looked funny. Shortly after that I discovered that no-one in my classroom, not even my Teacher’s Assistant knew how to make a snowman. My “fun”writing lesson for the day was an absolute flop. A short while later, while my kiddos were at lunch I emptied my biggest tupperware container I had and took it outside and filled it with snow. I left the bucket outside of the classroom while I went to get my class. Then when they returned I brought in the bucket of snow and we learned how to make a snowman. My students has a blast!
After we made the snowman we drew pictures of it melting. We had a great day, the lesson was saved, and y students now knew how to make a snowman.
For those of you who don’t know. You don’t use sand buckets and shovels. To make a snowman you:
1) pack down as much snow in your hands as you can into a ball.
2) put the ball you made in the snow and less down gently
3) roll the ball around in the snow pressing down gently – the snowball should be growing slowly bigger at this point. It may break apart so that you have to start again.
4)Roll the ball around until it is as big as you would like the base of your snowman to be (in the bucket it was about 3 inches in diameter.
5) repeat steps 1-4 to make the body of the snowman (in the bucket was about 2 inches in diameter)
6)repeat steps 1-4 to make the head of the snowman (in the bucket was about 1 inch in diameter)
7) decorate your snowman (In the classroom it was a unifix cube hat, pipe cleaner arms, and broken crayon tip eyes.
If you would like to try either of these lessons in you classroom I have some freebie writing sheets for you. Just click the pic and grab some fun!