Today I would like to introduce you to a great book for reading aloud to your students during the cold winter months.....Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins.
A little girl goes away with her family on a winter vacation leaving three of her favorite toys at home. Lumphy, a stuffed buffalo, Sting Ray, a plus stingray, and Plastic, a red rubber ball look out the window and discover that it is snowing. The three friends decide to head outside to play. The spend the day building a snowman, making snow angels, sledding, and discovering frozen ponds and icicles. At the end of a fun day of play, the friends watch a beautiful sunset that reminds them of strawberry syrup.
This book is great for teaching character traits because each of the toys has a distinct personality. Lumphy is very curious and always asking questions. StingRay sees the beauty in things and speaks in very poetic language. Plastic has a scientific explanation for everything. Like most stories, the author does not come out and explicitly say a character is bossy, artistic, or studious. Instead, the students can make inferences based on the characters actions and words. Using think aloud strategies will help your students begin to analyze a character's traits and dialogue to determine the character's traits. The beautiful illustrations are full of fun details that add their own humorous interpretations of each toy's differences.
The interactive read aloud and character traits lesson that I use with my students is available for FREE below.
A complete week long unit for this adorable book is available HERE.
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