When a Snowman Isn’t Just a Snowman: Win This Cute & Clever Book

Students get a fun lesson in thinking differently with One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng (Dial). I won’t give away the story, but let’s just say that the animals see the mysterious pile of snow in a whole new way….

For your chance to win this week’s prize, submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, January 23, and let us know if you’ve built a snowman yet this year. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win this book! Congratulations to our lucky winner Barb!

Speaking of building, here are some great freebies that you can build on in 2020:

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I haven’t yet built a snowman this year, but I’m heading to Pennsylvania soon so there’s hope!


PS: Want a chance to win an autographed book from Ivy & Bean author Annie Barrows? Click here.

40 thoughts on “When a Snowman Isn’t Just a Snowman: Win This Cute & Clever Book

  1. This book is a great lead into a stem project. I send home a brown bag with a few items (similar to the ones in the story) and students work with their family to create something new. Throughout the next day students share their project in 30 seconds or less. Takes no time to get to everyone and because we don’t do them all at once no one gets bored. We might do a couple before and after lunch, recess, before a special, etc.

    We call these dinner assignments and tell our families that it is ok to help their child. It gets families talking and working together. Students come back so excited to share and it is a great way to develop communication skills.

  2. No snowman yet … We don’t see much snow in Texas. Fingers crossed, though, my kinder kids are enjoying lots of books about snow and snowmen, but would love to build one of their own before spring arrives!

  3. Actually built one today with my kiddos. This is the first time we have had the right kind of snow for building. I’m afraid it won’t last long….suppose to be in the 40’s tomorrow. Have to grab those play moments while you can.

  4. No snow yet, but my kindergartners would love to build a “real” snowman! (Paper isn’t as cool as snow!)

  5. Yes! The snow was perfect one day so my 3’s were rolling snow balls down the hill. Loved hearing the giggles and advice from a few students that had lots of experience!

  6. My kids are dreaming of finally having enough snow here in Chicago to build a snowman. Fingers crossed they won’t have to wait until next year!

  7. either our snow has been wet or fluff stuff waiting to make a snowman hope i can find some neighborhood kids to join me !!

  8. I bring snow inside for my class when the temps are too cold for them and yes I have built a snowman, an itty-bitty one, but still a snowman.

  9. Yes I have but because of the crazy snow then rain, I made mine out of three cotton balls and a snowman ornament hat. Would I rather have the real thing? You bet!

  10. Snowman? Nope. No snow yet. We did a simple and fun “engineering” project. I used small white balls ($ store purchase) and let the children work in groups to decide how they would use the balls to build a snowman. I had glue sticks, tape, sticks and other items out for their use.

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