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Lesson Plan: Snowflakes

Subject:  Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read a poem about winter and then answer questions about it

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5- Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.




  • What do you know about snow?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Today we are going to be talking about snow. 
  • We know that it snows in the winter and in places where it is very cold.  Raise your hand if have ever seen or been in the snow.
  • Snow is cold and when it falls, it is very quiet.  After it first snows, the snow is beautiful and bright white.
  • Every snowflake is different and is made from frozen water vapor crystals. 
  • Many different people have written about snow in stories, poems and songs.  Snow is something that can be fun to write about because it is so beautiful and not everyone gets to see snow.
  • I am going to read a poem called, “Winter.”
  • While I read the poem to you, I would like you to be thinking about how the words that the author uses helps you to imagine what they are writing about. (Read the poem)
  • After hearing the poem, what do you think?  Does the poem make you feel a certain way?  How does it make you feel?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • I am going to give you a worksheet that has questions about the poem that I read to you.  I will also be giving you a copy of the poem so that you can read it to yourself.
  • After you have finished reading the poem again and doing the worksheet, we will talk about your answers.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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