Reading in a Winter Wonderland

Hello and welcome to our second annual Winter Wonderland link up!  Last year, The Reading Crew sponsored a winter literacy hop, but we decided to run it a little different this time. Instead of hopping with the potential of dead links, we decided on a closed link up. What this means is that there is a "map" of the blogs at the bottom of each post, so you can hop through them all at once, visit some today and some later in the week, or see what best matches your literacy needs. 

On each blog, you will see a word in blue font. This is the blog's mystery word. Please be sure to record them because you will need each word for a five point entry in our raffle. To help you keep track, you can print and use [this form]. We are raffling off two wonderful prizes. We are giving away a copy of each book featured in our posts to two winners (K-2 group) and the (3-up group). Each prize package will include 12 books (K-2) and 13 books (3-up). 

On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading skill (comprehension or writing typically, but some at the primary level may target vocabulary, fluency, or word building).  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Again, we welcome you to our blogs and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

The book that I chose is "There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow."  I love this book for so many reasons but the main two reasons are the humor and use of rhyme.  These are essentials when choosing a book for my own kindergartner. 

If you are familiar with with the Old Lady books, this one does not disappoint!  Some of her other adventures include The Old Lady Who Swallowed....a Bell, Leaves, Book, Bat, and Frog - just to name a few!  This book starts off with some snow and ends up with a snowman!

This book is a great read aloud for any grade, but the lesson I have provided is specific to Kindergarten [CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.2]  With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

Once you have finished reading the book, students can cut out the pictures and put them in order!  As you can see below I have numbered in grey and step 7 in the sequence is when she hiccups!

Some other ideas for when you are done:

  • Have student reference the worksheet while telling the story.
  • Color the pictures.
  • Draw a picture of their favorite part of the story.

You can download this freebie clicking on the picture below:

Before you go, I will remind you that my mystery word is snow. You can enter it onto your sheet or into the rafflecopter below. Good luck to you, and I hope you'll come back soon.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Pin for Later:


  1. I love the old lady books. Thanks for the sequencing freebie!

  2. Love these books. I don't think I have this one though, thanks for the activity!

    Literacy Spark

    1. Thank you Jessica! I can't wait to check yours our next!


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