Grandmother Winter – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books
Description from Amazon:
Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.
Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Grandmother Winter?
– Create a timeline for the seasons and what Grandma does during each.
– “Grandmother gathers the feathers, soft as snowflakes, bright as a winter moon,” is an example of what figurative language? What figurative language is the word “shush” an example of? What figurative language does the author use to compare the quilt to the thickness of snowfall and the warmth of a flock of geese? “Winter sleeps while the days drip down like feathers.” What is this an example of?
Cause and Effect
– What happens when Grandmother shakes her quilt? Create a cause and effect flow chart for occurrences in winter.
– Have students write their own figurative language examples on colored squares of paper and then join them together to make a class quilt.
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