January Read Alouds for the Elementary Classroom
It is finally cold here in Las Vegas! I love winter time here simply because it is not a furnace in which I baked daily. January is the perfect time to read some winter time stories so I thought I would share my favorites with you.
So many of these can be used to compare and contrast, sequence and so much more. I use them to show how the weather is different in all parts of the country.
First up on the list is: There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow.
By this time in the year we have read similar “old lady” stories so my students are familiar with the theme. We use this story for sequencing.
This time, the old lady will be swallowing everything from snow to a pipe, some coal, a hat, and more! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And this time, there’s a surprise at the end no reader will be able to guess!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This classic book has perfectly captured the magic and sense of possibility with the first snowfall. This is a story about a boy named Peter who shares his adventures in the snow. We use this book to discuss animals and the tracks they leave, things that melt in the snow and why. It is a great book to use for snow themed science activities!
Bear Snores On is one of my ultimate favorites! While Bear is sleeping away his friends one by one find their way into his cave to warm up. They pop some corn, brew some tea and still Bear snores on. What happens when he wakes up and finds his friends all around him? Will he be mad or will he join in the festivities? We use this one for predicting what might happen next.
Little Puppy Lost:
When Ollie sees snow for the first time, he’s amazed. It is wonderful! He rushes outside to play with his brother and sister, but then a huge, scary dog appears and the puppies scatter. Ollie runs and runs, and when at last he stops, he finds himself lost and alone. Will he ever find his way back to the warmth and safety of his family and home?
B-R-R-R-R! AH-CHOO! Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold. To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire–and melts! But the children know just what to do to build him up again–and make him feel “just right”. Hilarity chills the air with playful mixed-media illustrations by Stephen Gilpin as Sneezy attempts to warm himself with some silly results.
These are just a few of my favorite January Read Alouds I enjoy with my students. The stories included in this post are also a part of my January QR Code Listening Center Bundle. Wanna try it out and see if it would be a hit in your class? Here is a sample set of the January stories that include 2 differentiated response sheets with audio instructions!