Dream Snow... and other Books Teachers Love

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Since I first read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle has always been one of my favorite authors. I just love his style, and my always students seem drawn to his books as well. One of his books that has been a long time favorite of mine is Dream Snow.
In this book, a farmer is waiting for Christmas to come and dreaming of beautiful snow covering his farm and animals in a fresh blanket of white. When he awakens he finds that it actually has snowed and he remembers that he needs to give out his gifts for Christmas.
Although the story line is very simple, I find that this is a perfect story for making inferences.

In the beginning of the story we meet the farmer and find out that he has 5 animals aptly named One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. Eric Carle leaves the reader wondering who these animals might be, but he gives a few clues in his illustrations.
Before continuing to read I have students make inferences about the animals and for older students give their reasons. 

Then as we read the story, students find out whether or not their inferences were correct.  
At the end of the story I have students infer again with a writing activity describing what they think is inside each of the animals' presents from the farmer. Students draw a the gift and explain why they think the farmer would give each gift to that specific animal.


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