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Lesson Plan: Snowflakes

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To write an imagined narrative about being a snowflake

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.




  • Do you think about the weather at all?  If you do, when do you think about it?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Weather is something that is always happening, but it is not something we think about all of the time.
  • We think about weather when we’re getting ready to go outside or getting dressed in the morning, but not many other times.
  • Today, you are going to be thinking about snowflakes.  You have learned about snowflakes and how they are formed.
  • You are going to be writing a story pretending to be a snowflake.  You are going to describe how you are formed and then describe everything that happens to you.
  • When you are writing stories, it is important to use as many descriptive words as you can.  You want the reader to be able to picture in their head what you are writing about.
  • Many of your stories might be similar at the beginning because all snowflakes are formed the same way. 
  • You should be very creative when describing what happens after you fall to the ground.  Do you get picked up, blown away, made into a snowball or something else?
  • Also, remember to describe how you are feeling as everything is happening to you.  Think about how you would feel if you were the snowflake falling and then having an adventure.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share the story that you wrote?  (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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