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"Children become GREAT READERS on the laps of their parents."  TOGETHER we can make a difference!
Book of the Month
December 2016


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Written by Lisa Broadie Cook   Illustrated by Adam McCauley
 
Summary: How can a snowman fanatic build a snowman if there's NO snow? Martin MacGregor lives for building snowmen. All year long he sits and he waits and he dreams of deep snowdrifts and blinding blizzards. So what's poor Martin to do when winter comes and there's no snow? Martin finds it hard to be patient, but he develops all sorts of alternate plans for building his snowmen. Unfortunately, his creative genius backfires every time, and he may still be grounded by the time next winter comes around!
 
Strategies:   
  1. Students will be able to make connections between concepts covered in the book and the world around them.
  2. Students will be able to make sense of new vocabulary using evidence from the text.
 
Suggested Writing Activities:
1. Write a letter to a friend –
  • Teacher should ask students to discuss with a partner a time when they were in trouble. Students should discuss what they did an if/how they were punished.
  • Students should have prior knowledge of writing a letter. Tell students that they will write a letter to a friend about a time when they were in trouble.
  • Students should focus on comparing and contrasting their experience with Martin’s experience.
  • Tell students to take turns reading their letters to each other and comparing experiences.
2. Write a book review – tell a friend or a teacher why they should read this book using quotes and interesting events from the book.
TEACHERS - ACCESS THE E-BOOK BY FOLLOWING THESE STEPS:
  1. LOG ONTO THE GORDON PARKS ACADEMY HOME PAGE.
  2. SELECT THE MEDIA CENTER LINK ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE.
  3. SELECT THE MEDIA CENTER ONLINE RESOURCES LINK.
  4. SELECT TUMBLEBOOKS RESOURCE ŕ USERNAME: PARKS     PASSWORD: BOOKS ŕ SEARCH THE TITLE OF THE BOOK.