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Snowman Activities

Hands-on, reading comprehension, and tech skills are all rolled into these snowman activities!

As predictions of snow are forecasted and students are dreaming of snowball fights, sledding and building snowmen, it’s the perfect time to do winter-themed activities in the classroom! 

Snowman Poems Activities

What skills are your students working on? These simple poems can be used to practice a variety of skills!

Want to challenge your students? Substitute a word in the poem (throw in a silly, out-of-context word or substitute a misspelled word). Did your student notice the substitution? Can your student navigate to that word and edit it? Ask your student to substitute a word and see if YOU (the teacher) can find it using VoiceOver to read the text aloud so you and your student can listen together. Speed up the VoiceOver speaking rate to make it even more challenging! (This is a great challenge – who can listen and comprehend faster – you or your student?)

Simple Snowman Poems

Don’t forget, there are many children’s books about snowmen! Here are two of my favorites!

Build a Snowman Kit Activity

As always, students who are blind or visually impaired should have opportunities to create and explore a real snowman. Hmmm, that might be a bit challenging in the classroom to use a real snowman made out of snow, especially for those of us who live in the South! Here is a fun classroom activitity – building an edible snowman:

If making Snowman kits for each student in the class, place supplies for each snowman in a small ziplock bag. Be sure to create the snowman in the desired order (body first, arms/, then, eyes, nose second and accessories last), as students will use this activity to write the steps of building a snowman!

Edible snowman made out of marshmallows, pretzel arms, mini chocolate chip eyes, mouth and buttons, orange candy nose, and mini peanut butter cup hat.

Another option is to provide your student with “parts” cut out of different textures and have the student put together these parts. You can use the free Build Your Own Snowman printable from PJsandPaint.com as a template.

Photo of the Snowman template; each part of the snowman and his accessories can be traced and cut out.

Building a Snowman Writing Activity

After your student is familiar with snowman and building a snowman – hopefully he/she has had the experience of building a real snowman as well as one of the snowman building-related activities in class – your student is ready to write about his/her experiences. Depending on your student, you can choose to write about the 3-steps involved in making the edible snowman or he/she can write about building a real snowman. Be sure to discuss how making a real snowman is similar and different from building the edible snowman. (The three steps to building a real snowman are: roll your snowballs, stack the snowballs (body) and add all of the features.) Have your student to write a sentence for each of the three steps (ideally the student should be using an iPad paired with a braille display or Bluetooth keyboard to write his/her sentences.)

Note:  Each step (sentence) must fit on the snowman’s circle! The sentence can be multiple lines, but must not physically go across the entire page. You – the TVI – will need to tell the student to press Enter (Return to a new line) or the student can type the sentence all the way across the page and then cut the page to fit the snowman circle. There must have at least two blank lines between each written step (so that the steps can be cut apart) or the student can write each step on a separate page. 

Provide 3 circles of different sizes made from white construction paper. Adhere the circles to blue construction paper, making a snowman. The student’s Step 1 sentence should be place in the top circle, Step 2 in the middle circle and Step 3 in the bottom circle. Note: Students who created braille sentences can place both the braille and the print sentences on the snowman, making their braille snowman accessible to sighted peers and family members!

Print (Tech Skill)

Students need to learn to be responsible for sending digital materials to the classroom printer or to their teacher. Ideally, the student’s iPad/device is connected to the classroom printer and the student can knows how to send the document to the printer. If the student does not know how to print from his/her iPad, this is a great opportunity to teach that skill! The student should also know how to share a document with his/her TVI (either via email or by sharing the document through collaboration features, such as sharing a Google Document. The student will need to share his/her document with his/her TVI in order to send the document to the embosser to be brailled. Even very young students can be responsible for “turning in” their digital work! This is a great way to encourage the student to take responsibility for his/her work! 

Note: The student can use his/her Perkins brailler to write his sentences. Keep in mind, that fun activities like this are a great way to embed technology skills into classroom activities. 

If using Pages with VoiceOver to write the steps:

Here is a great Google Docs with VoiceOver on the iPad video tutorial created by a student. (See 22.49 minutes for instruction on how to add a collaborator to the document.)

Fun Snowman Writing Prompts

If writing the three steps to build a snowman is not age appropriate for your student, here are two writing prompts that may be a better fit for more advanced writers:

 

Attached File(s)

https://www.perkins.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Frosty%20the%20Snowman.docx https://www.perkins.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Great%20Big%20Snowman.docx https://www.perkins.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Snowman_0.docx https://www.perkins.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Snowman%20poem.docx https://www.perkins.org/sites/elearning.perkinsdev1.org/files/Build-your-own-snowman.jpg.pdf
By Diane Brauner

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