An education in books would not be complete without multiple readings of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Peter enjoys a day in the snow by himself, and also discovers the elusive qualities of snow when he tries to keep a snowball in the house.
Copy Peter’s actions when you go outside with your kids. Form a line, and do everything he did. Take a snowball inside and watch it melt. Talk about the awe of waking up to a snow-covered world.
If you live in a warm climate, use this book to talk about weather, climates, snow. Make some snow with a snow cone machine and use miniature people to mimic Peter’s actions.
Then brainstorm types of weather. Give children a title with different weather patterns from your brainstormed list, such as “The Rainy Day” or “The Windy Day” and have them write a story with Peter on that type of day. Or pick a favorite title and write one together as a class. Hmmm, what would Peter do on an icy day?