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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Great Winter Read Aloud....Perfect for teaching character traits.

FREE Interactive Read Aloud Lesson for Toys Meet Snow

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Unit - This is a week long mentor text unit based on the book Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins. This unit focuses on comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. The unit was designed for 2nd and 3rd grade students.

As of 9:00AM (CST) on January 3rd, sign-ups for this year’s exchange are closed.  The response has been amazing and I am excited for all classrooms that are participating. 

Looking to add some fun to your classroom during the cold winter months?  Last month’s Gingerbread Exchange was such a success and I am looking forward to kicking of the third annual Valentine Exchange.

The Gingerbread Man Exchange linked together 200 teachers and more than 3,000 students.  Here is a quick look at the Gingerbread Man exchange.  To see a full recap of the Gingerbread Man exchange, check out this POST.

What’s a Valentine exchange you ask?  During the month of January, your class will create 20-22 paper valentines and decorate them in any way you would like.  

They should be child-created heart shaped greetings rather than purchased pre-made cards.  You may use the template below or feel free to create your own template.

No later than Monday, February 6th, you will mail 20-22 Valentines to other classrooms across the United States.  You will also need to include in the envelope a brief letter from your class telling about your school, the area you live in, etc.  This can be a letter that you write together with your students and simply make a copy to send with each Valentine.  Then, sit back and wait for the Valentines to arrive at your school.  

Due to the postage expense, participating classrooms must be in the United States.  The Valentines exchange is also limited to kindergarten through fourth grade classes.  By signing up, you are agreeing to have your class create 20-22 Valentines and mailing them on or before Monday, February 6th.  If you would like for your class to be part of this year’s Valentine exchange, you can sign up by clicking HERE or on the image below.  

The sign-ups will only be open for the next couple of days or until the maximum number of participants have signed up.  Once the maximum number of participants have been reached, I will close sign ups.  NOTE: Everyone who completes the sign up form before I close it will be able to participate.  A confirmation email with more details will be sent out no later than Monday, January 16th to everyone who has signed up.  If you do not receive an email by January 16th, please email me immediately at pawsitivelyteaching@gmail.com.  Unfortunately, once the sign-up period has closed and groups are formed, I won’t be able to add additional participants.  Please comment below or email me if you have any questions prior to signing up.

~~SIGN-UPS FOR THIS YEAR’S EXCHANGE HAVE CLOSED~~~

All participants will receive a confirmation email from me on Monday, January 12th.  If you signed up and do not receive an email, please contact me by end of the day on January 13th so I can verify your information before group assignments are sent out.

Looking to add some fun to your classroom during the cold winter months?  Last month’s Gingerbread Exchange was such a success that I have decided to host a similar exchange for Valentine’s Day.

The Gingerbread Man Exchange linked together 80 teachers and more than 1,500 students.  Here is a quick look at the Gingerbread Man exchange.  To see a full recap of the Gingerbread Man exchange, check out this POST.

What’s a Valentine exchange you ask?  During the month of January, your class will create 20 paper valentines and decorate them in any way you would like.  

They should be child-created heart shaped greetings rather than purchased pre-made cards.  You may use the template below or feel free to create your own template.

No later than February 3rd, you will mail 20 Valentines to other classrooms across the United States.  You will also need to include in the envelope a brief letter from your class telling about your school, the area you live in, etc.  This can be a letter that you write together with your students and simply make a copy to send with each Valentine.  Then, sit back and wait for the Valentines to arrive at your school.  

Due to the postage expense, participating classrooms must be in the United States.  The Valentines exchange is also limited to kindergarten through fourth grade classes.  By signing up, you are agreeing to have your class create 20 Valentines and mailing them on or before Tuesday, February 3rd.  If you would like for your class to be part of this year’s Valentine exchange, you can sign up by clicking on the image below.  

The sign-ups will only be open for the next couple of days or until the maximum number of participants have signed up.  A confirmation email will be sent out on January 12th to everyone who has signed up.  If you do not receive an email on January 12th, please email me immediately at pawsitivelyteaching@gmail.com.  Unfortunately, once groups are formed, I won’t be able to add additional participants. Once the sign-up period has closed, I will also send out an additional email with more details to the participants.  Please comment below or email me if you have any questions prior to signing up.


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