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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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.

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

The winter season with all it’s wonder and beauty is upon us.  I am excited to be teaming up with other teachers from the Reading Crew to share some of our favorite mentor text lessons for the season. A Great Collection of Winter Mentor Text Lessons

Mentor texts are one of the most valuable resources in my classroom because they highly engaging and can be used to teach a variety of skills.  Regardless of your curriculum needs, there is a mentor text available that your student’s are guaranteed to love.

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

I have chosen to share with you one of my new winter favorites.  “Toys Meet Snow”, written by Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky, tells the story of three toys who venture out into the snow while their owner is away.

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and easy for the children to relate to.  The illustrations are full of details that kids will love exploring.  The pages of this book seem to come alive as the author creates authentic personalities for each character.  

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

Before we start reading, I ask my students to make a prediction based on the cover illustration.  Predict how the toys got out in the snow.  The students turn to their partner and share their prediction.

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

As with most mentor texts, I introduce the book to my students using an interactive read aloud model. Prior to reading the text for the first time, I plan talking points for the text where I want to stop and model strategies for my students.  While reading, I stop at each talking point to support and build upon the students’ comprehension of the text.  Each talking point allows for either teacher modeling or student discussion.

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

With mentor texts, any text worth reading once is worth reading again.  Rereading a text helps students to develop a deeper level of understanding.  It also gives the teacher a chance to focus on a particular comprehension skill or strategy.  “Toys Meet Snow” is perfect to teach about character traits.  Each character has a distinctive personality that is easy for children to understand.  Lumpy, the stuffed animal is curious and asks questions because he wants to learn.  StingRay uses descriptive language to give poetic answers to Lumpy’s questions.  Plastic is an avid reader who is able to give scientific answers to Lumpy’s questions.

Want to share this adorable book with your students?  You can grab the interactive read aloud lesson and character traits lesson FREE to enjoy with your class.  These two components are part of the complete mentor text book unit for Toys Meet Snow.  The complete unit includes lesson guide for the week, interactive read aloud lesson, character trait lesson, nonfiction passage with comprehension questions, graphic organizers, vocabulary activities, mentor sentence lessons, and more.  You can check it out BELOW.

If you love mentor texts as much as I do, you will definitely want to check out this giveaway being hosted by my friends at the Reading Crew.  The winner will receive a copy of all these fabulous winter mentor texts.  In order to enter the giveaway, you will need to know my secret word which is TOYS.  That’s all you need…so be sure to enter!  Good Luck!

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A Great Collection of Winter Mentor Text Lessons

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

Toys Meet Snow Mentor Text Lesson

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Raise your hand if you will be spending a lot of time this week trying to get ahead on you planning for January!  I know I certainly will be!!!  I wanted to share a quick FREEBIE for you from one of my favorite units to teach this month.  This FREEBIE focuses on the New Year’s traditions in Switzerland and includes a reading comprehension passage, text based comprehension questions, graphic organizer, and a word search.  This FREEBIE is part of the full New Year’s Traditions Around the World pack that takes kids on an 8 country journey around the world.  You can download this FREEBIE sampler pack for use in your classroom by clicking on the image to the left.

Take a look at this unit for the resources to take your students on the full eight country journey.  


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Raise your hand if you will be spending a lot of time this week trying to get ahead on you planning for January!  I know I certainly will be!!!  I wanted to share a quick FREEBIE for you from one of my favorite units to teach this month.  This FREEBIE focuses on the New Year’s traditions in Switzerland and includes a reading comprehension passage, text based comprehension questions, graphic organizer, and a word search.  This FREEBIE is part of the full New Year’s Traditions Around the World pack that takes kids on an 8 country journey around the world.  You can download this FREEBIE sampler pack for use in your classroom by clicking on the image to the left.

Take a look at this unit for the resources to take your students on the full eight country journey.  


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