Making the family connection: Discuss the above slide. “Which story map would you want to use for today’s writing practice?”*PreK-1st: you will read the story to them and they can draw what happens in the story. Guide them in a re-telling of the story (beginning, middle, end). Invite an older learner to scribe their re-telling.2nd-3rd: Invite them to sketch the snowman image, then they fill in the missing information (hat=snowman’s characteristics; head=tells the beginning of the snowman’s tale including the name and where the story takes place; the body=tells an adventurous middle of the story; finally the bottom=tells the solution/ending of the snowman’s adventure).4th grade +: Using the 4 Square story map, they draft bulleted ideas for Sneezy the Snowman‘s story (characters=MC Sneezy plus 3 more characters +description of the setting + Sneezy’s problem + the solution/ending). Next they draft 6 adjectives that will describe Sneezy in further detail. *Their extension: Draft a 3 paragraph story (B-M-E), as well as an action illustration block for each of the paragraphs (B-M-E).
Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons. Remind:them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
Next:Invite each learner to be ready for a Snowman story presentation after dinner (include popcorn and audience behaviors. Have fun!
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