Our school board has recently changed all the programs available on
our computers and the Kidspiration program was no longer available.
Smart Ideas 5 instead. It is very similar and the students had a
In Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada we wear snowsuits for three to five
months of the year. Helping students with stuck or broken zippers,
snaps that won't snap and locating hats, mitts and boots is a daily
occurrence. Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch, a Canadian
author, was the 'frosty' book for us!
The book was introduced as a Read Aloud. Many students have
heard this story before and helped make Thomas' “no” come to life.
During the week, as a Shared Reading activity, we worked on
it in a Reader's Theater format. We brainstormed different ways to
say 'no' and created a chant for Thomas.
Not a chance.
No way Jose.
I Don't Want to!
We learned a song about a problem snowsuit. We put all of the
activities together and brought the story alive for our Grade 6
reading buddies with music, chanting and using different voices with
fantastic expression for each character.
To aid in our retell skills the students were given paper dolls and
clothes to colour and cut out. They listened to the author tell the
story , an mp3 on the computer, while they placed the clothes on and
off the paper dolls. Later we used the paper dolls and clothes to
demonstrating our /retelling/ skills to our grade 6 reading buddies.
As a writing activity the students wrote about their
favourite part of the story and glued the dolls with the appropriate
clothes to the writing sheet.
In computer class the students used the Smart Ideas5 program. They
found appropriate clip art of people and clothes and moved them
around the screen while listening to the mp3 of the Robert Munsch
telling the story.
the author, has a website with many of his stories in mp3 format.
Music and Lyrics
Elaine Ireland Dec. 2, 2003
My Snowsuit is a
pain to put on
There are too many things to do up
By the time I go out its time to come in
A snowsuit is a pain to put on
My zipper is
supposed to go zip
But it never seems to cooperate
It catches my shirt or nicks my neck
My zipper is supposed to go zip
My snaps are
supposed to go click
But they slip with my mitts on my hands
And when they work they’re never lined up
My snaps are supposed to go click.
My hood is
supposed to stay on
But it usually slips off my head
It fills with snow and flaps in the wind
My hood is supposed to stay on
I guess I like
my snowsuit after all
When I play outside on the coldest days
I have lots of fun and stay toasty warm
I guess I like my snowsuit after all.
Grade 2 Ontario
Curriculum Expectations Oral Communication:
2.3 communicate information in a clear, coherent manner using simple
but appropriate organizational patterns
2.5 identify some vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch and
volume, and use them appropriately
2.7 use a few different visual aids, to support or enhance oral
1.4 demonstrate understanding of a text by retelling the story or
retating information from the text, with the inclusion of a few
1.8 express personal thoughts and feelings about what has been read
Writing: 2.2establish a
personal voice in their writing, with a focus on using familiar
words that convey their attitude or feeling towards the subject or
2.3use familiar words and phrases to communicate relevant details
Drama: *speak in role as
characters in a story