Lessons & Units :: The Snowy Day Kindergarten Unit

Paired Text Questions: "Snow Science" & The Snowy Day

Lesson Plan

The Snowy Day | 500L

The Snowy Day
Learning Goal
Integrate information from the non-fiction passage "Snow Science!" and the story The Snowy Day to determine the conditions necessary for the existence and use of snow.
Approximately 15 minutes
Necessary Materials
  1. Questions
  2. Non-fiction reading passage “Snow Science!”

Not Provided:
The Snowy Day (Click here for a free e-book version, courtesy of the Pearson Foundation)
  • Questions 1 and 2 refer to the passage “Snow Science!” Questions 3 and 4 refer to the book The Snowy Day. Questions 5, 6, and 7 refer to both the passage and the book.
  • Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
Part 1: "Snow Science!"
Read the passage “Snow Science!” out loud to your students.
Question 1: When does snow form in the air? (If your students are struggling to remember, re-read the first sentence in the passage: “Snow forms when the air is cold and water freezes into ice crystals or snowflakes.”)
Sample student answer: Snow forms when the air is cold (32 degrees Fahrenheit or less) and water (in clouds) freezes into ice crystals. These crystals grow in the cloud until they become heavy and fall as snow.
Question 2: Why does scientist Kenneth Libbrecht pick up snowflakes from dark, cold surfaces instead of bright, hot surfaces?
Sample student answer: Snowflakes on bright, hot surfaces will melt, but snowflakes on dark, cold surfaces do not melt, so he can look at them.

Part 2: The Snowy Day

Question 3: What had happened to Peter’s snowball when he left it inside his pocket just before going to bed?
Sample student answer: Peter’s snowball melted.
Question 4: Why did Peter’s snowball melt?
Sample student answer: Peter’s snowball melted because his home was too warm and snow melts into water when it is warm (over 32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Part 3: "Snow Science!" and The Snowy Day

Question 5: Whether you are studying snow like scientist Kenneth Libbrecht or playing with snow like Peter in The Snowy Day, what does the weather need to be like for there to be snow?
Sample student answer: First it needs to be cold and cloudy. When it is cold and cloudy, snowflakes form in clouds and fall to the earth. Snow will stay on the ground as long as the weather is cold and it is not too hot and sunny.
Question 6: What season of year would be best for examining snowflakes and playing in the snow? Explain why.
Sample student answer: Winter would be the best season for examining snowflakes and playing in the snow because it is the coldest season and it is when it usually snows.
Question 7: Also describe a season in which it would not be good for examining snowflakes and playing in the snow. Explain why.
Sample student answer: Summer would be a bad season for examining snowflakes and playing in the snow because it is too hot for it to snow, so there would not be any snow to examine or play in.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments


Thank you very much I love readworks thank you so much

This is a great unit to help with seasons; weather; temperatures; and regions. Kids also enjoy the story! Can be fun to find art projects that can go along with this story.

Thank you! It's great to see a model of a close read, with such clear and explicit directions!