Ms. Kreul's Fourth Grade Class
Richards Elementary School
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Snowmen at Night


4K has been waiting for snow all winter - and we finally had a snowstorm over the weekend! This was a perfect time to begin our project for Kidspired Frosty Readers 2006.

We read the wonderful and humorous book "Snowmen at Night" - written by Caralyn Buehner. Our project is a retelling of the story with the snowmen having fun at night here in Whitefish Bay, WI. The focus was to extend the writing using the traits of ideas and word choice. Teams brainstormed locations and activities that our snowmen could be doing at night, then the class worked together to write the following story. We hope you enjoy "Snowmen at Night in Whitefish Bay."

Snowmen at Night in Whitefish Bay

 

Written by 4K

Patterned on Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

 

We had a big snowstorm in Whitefish Bay yesterday so we made a lot of snowmen. We peeked outside when it was dark - our eyes nearly popped out of our heads - we were very surprised to see:

 

Snowmen playing winter baseball – running bases, sliding into first, pitching curve balls, and slamming home runs - at Water Tower Park

 

Snowmen zooming down the enormous hill at Kletsch Park on their sleds, toboggans, snowboards, and skis

 

Snowmen skating at Klode Park - gliding, spinning, twirling, twisting, leaping – across the slippery mirror of ice

 

Snowmen enjoying a double feature of “Jack Frost” and “Frosty the Snowman” projected on the Richards garage door while feasting on slushies, snow cones, and custard

 

Snowmen volleying tennis balls back and forth on the snowy courts at Cahill Park, serving and returning the tennis balls to their friends

 

Snowmen making snowballs on the Richards playground, first 1 then 100 snowballs soaring through the air

 

Snowmen ice fishing, snowmobiling, snow skiing, playing ice hockey, or taking a polar bear plunge in chilly nearby Lake Michigan

 

Snowmen playing hide-and-seek over the streets, around the buildings, through the parking lots, and around the trees at Bayshore Town Center

 

Snowmen giving away tasty treats at the end of our street, snow cones for everyone!

 

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Standards
This telecollaborative literacy project is aligned with the following standards:

WI Grade 4 Standards for English Language Arts
A.4.2 Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature
A.4.3 Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand human experience
B.4.1 Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
C.4.2 Listen to and comprehend oral communications
C.4.3 Participate effectively in discussion

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS)
 Use technology communications tools: Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

 

Susan Silverman - Kidspired Frosty Tales 2007