Well, the snow has finally made it over the mountains to the lower mainland of British Columbia and what a perfect opportunity to share the excitement of the students through a teachable moment. This may very well be the first time some children have ever played in snow. The classroom energy is high and the students’ thoughts are all about snow!
A book I highly recommend for this exact moment is “No Two Snowflakes are Alike” written by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Janet Wilson. (ISBN 1-55143-206-4).
The book brings two children together from different environments and cultures . Lou in Canada writes to Araba, his pen pal in an unnamed tropical country, to explain to her what snow is. The book is a wonderful lead in to a discussion and an understanding of similarities, differences and unity. Older grades may delve deeper into the concepts of climate change and effects on children or the global education concepts of interdependence, and images and perceptions.
Have fun in the snow! Please let us know your teachable moments.