Snowflake Bentley Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities

Snowflake Bentley Resource Set

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Summary

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Over 100 years ago, Wilson Bentley devoted his life to researching snowflakes. He discovered that no two snowflakes are alike. This fictional narrative based on Bentley’s life and research will fascinate students as they practice making inferences, visualizing, and identifying important events and unique text structures.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Resources for Syllable Division Patters
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Snowflake Bentley Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.7 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.7 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Determining Importance: 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6E 3.6G 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 3.10A 3.10B 3.10C 3.10D 3.10F 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii) K.5H
  • Making Inferences: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Understanding Text Structure: 2.9D(ii) 3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(iii) 3.9E(iii)
  • Visualizing: 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6D 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 3.2A(iv) 3.2B(v)
  • Vocabulary: 3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F
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    Snowflake Bentley Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Snowflake Bentley

    This nonfiction story will naturally encourage your students’ curiosity about snowflakes and researchers. This lesson plan encourages readers to stop throughout the text to notice interesting facts and determine which are important to remember after reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6E 3.6G 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Snowflake Bentley

    Snowflake Bentley is a smart choice for showing students how to identify multiple messages presented by an author in one text. This lesson plan shows students how they can identify some messages early in the story and then adjust their thinking as they read.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10A 3.10B 3.10C 3.10D 3.10F 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii) K.5H

    Making Inferences with Snowflake Bentley

    In this lesson plan, students will practice using the illustrations and supporting narrative to make inferences about Wilson Bentley’s motivation, feelings and the opinions of those around him.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.7 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Understanding Text Structure with Snowflake Bentley

    The unique multi-genre format of Snowflake Bentley is perfect for helping students study and identify the characteristics of different text structures within one book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.9D(ii) 3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(iii) 3.9E(iii)

    Visualizing with Snowflake Bentley

    Snowflake Bentley gives developing readers an opportunity to practice identifying visualization queues while reading nonfiction. Students will work to identify specific words in the text and factual sidebars that help them create supporting images in their minds.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.7 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6D 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Snowflake Bentley Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Snowflake Bentley Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Snowflake Bentley. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Snowflake Bentley Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Snowflake Bentley.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Snowflake Bentley Word Work - Syllable Division Patterns (VCCV, VCV, VCCCV)

    Snowflake Bentley is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about syllable division patterns. Either download the Snowflake Bentley Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(iv) 3.2B(v)

    Snowflake Bentley Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Snowflake Bentley, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Snowflake Bentley Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Snowflake Bentley Resource Set.

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