Winter Mentor Texts
Another skilled writer I love for winter is William Steig. Brave Irene is about a young girl who helps her sick mother by delivery a gown to the castle *as a blizzard rolls in*. It is a little far-fetched, but it works well for brave moment writing, but also character development and voice.
Additional Winter Resources
With my students, I also enjoy using the partner scripts, close reading articles, and author studies I’ve created too. Students love learning factual information, and since the majority of the material we’re reading to *learn* is nonfiction, students really need instruction on how to work with informational texts. These winter close reading sets were lots of fun for my students as we learned about these arctic animals while we broke down the information. This set includes five close reading sets about penguins, caribou, polar bears, walruses, and the arctic fox. They can be purchased as a bundle or individually.
Of course we can not go through the winter without enjoying books by Jan Brett. I could have highlighted any of her books in the Winter Mentor Texts section, and I don’t think you can go wrong with this set. Many of her books are best used in the winter, but there are a few which work well any time of year (Armadillo Rodeo, Town Mouse, Country Mouse, Annie and the Wild Animals, and Berlioz the Bear). For more details, you can look back at [this post].
Aside from books, poetry is perfect for those small moments during the day. I love using these poems to practice fluency, work on word study skills, and also comprehension. If you teach kindergarten or first, you might start with the Concept of Word set. These poems are four lines each and are intended to help students work on tracking print, build sight vocabulary, and practice decoding of CVC and CVCe words. The Winter poetry set works well with transitional readers and up.
Finally, the activity I’ve enjoyed most with my students are these partner scripts. The kids really have a great time practicing them, but they also focus on comprehension strategies too. (finding details to support thinking, analyzing question types, making inferences, character development, plot, cause/effect relationships). Here are a few titles you might check out. The last is a free script for young readers (grades 1-3).