Written and Illustrated by Gail Gibbons
In It’s Snowing, Gail Gibbons delivers dozens of facts about snow with cheerful illustrations. Third grade students will read about the precipitation process of snow from evaporation to snowfall.
Though the book does not lend itself to be read aloud from cover to cover, portions of it would, and there are plenty of comprehension activities to use with this book. One of the most enlightening parts of this book is about each continent’s snowfall. The most interesting fact is that Antarctica has less snow fall than any other continent! In response to the initial read of It’s Snowing, students may write a list of ten facts that they learned or remember. Students may also respond to a number of journal prompts: What do you do when you have a snow day from school? Would you rather have more sunny days or snowy days? Why? What is your first memory of playing in the snow? If there is a snow day this school year, what do you want to do?
As a science to literature connection, students could create a cycle diagram with simple illustrations for the precipitation process from evaporation to snowfall. Teachers may also have students choose five different vocabulary words from the book and illustrate them. As an art project, students should create paper snowflakes. Simple step-by-step instructions can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-6-Pointed-Paper-Snowflakes/. What a lovely sight: snowflakes all over the classroom!