Empowering Writers

January 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month:

This month, the K-1 lesson uses a literature connection as a jumping off point for creating elaborative sentences/paragraph about a snowman.  See pgs 138-141 in the K-1 Guide.


Each student will write sentences and/or a paragraph about a snowman.  

Here’s what you’ll do:

1.)   Gather a collection of books about a snowman. A few great suggestions are: That’s Not my Snowman, His Hat is too Soft by Diona Watt (Usborne Books, 2011), The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1978), Snowballs by Lois Ehlert (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2001) or The Perfect Snowman by Preston McDaniels (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007).

2.)   Read one or more selections to the class, pointing out the specific details the author writes about the snowman.

3.)   MODEL a descriptive segment about the snowman in one of the books read aloud to the children. Chart responses to the following detail-generating questions.

  •      How big/tall was the snowman?
  •      How many snowball layers was the snowman?
  •      What kind of clothing did he/she wear?
  •      What kind of eyes/nose/mouth did it have?
  •      What were its arms made of?
  •      How did the snowman make you feel?
  •      If your snowman could talk, what might it say?

4.)   When the responses are complete, MODEL a descriptive paragraph about the snowman.


My snowman was taller than my mom and dad. His body was made of three large snowballs and one small snowball finished the frigid figure. A soft woolen scarf was wrapped around his neck. Two eyes, made of lumps of charcoal, seemed to be staring across the yard. His carrot nose reminded me of Pinocchio’s long nose. A collection of buttons in many different colors formed his grinning smile.  Small branches stuck out from his side. If he could talk, he would say, “Come play with me.”

5.)   Next, have the students create their own snowman, using a variety of art/craft supplies.

6.)   When the artwork is complete, have the students write a sentence or a paragraph about their snowman. Use sentence starters to enhance their word choice.

Sentence Starters

My snowman was as big as _______________.

I stared at my frozen friend’s _____________.

It was hard to believe that Frosty’s ________________ was _______.

I thought I heard my snowman say, “_____________.”

______________covered its ________________.


Label a snowman.

Create an artistic replica of a snowman and then elaborate.

Have students work together to describe a classroom replica of a snowman.