Inside: A book review of Over and Under the Snow PLUS 10 book-related activities.
Hello! This is an update of a post I did a few years ago. Be sure to read the whole post as I’ve added 5 new links to some truly wonderful book-related activities.
If you don’t have Over and Under the Snow, you need to buy it! It’s a beautiful book and one of my favourites:)
Title: Over and Under the Snow
Author: Kate Messner
Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2011
Theme: Winter, Animals, Snow
Intended Audience: Ages 4 to 9
Summary (from Amazon): “Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter’s snowy landscape in this magical book.”
Opening Lines: Over the snow I glide. Into woods, frosted fresh and white.
Why I Love This Book: One of the reasons is that it fits in perfectly with what I’m teaching. But it’s more than that. I just love the illustrations. I’m not sure how it was done. The inside cover just says “mixed media”. But they’re simple, beautiful, peaceful and enchanting. And the text follows suit.
1. A video of a red fox hunting in the snow:
I put painters tape on construction paper. Then the kids painted the paper with white acrylic (tempera would be fine, too). I peeled off the tape (you need to do this before the paint dries ~ it’s easier to get off that way).
Once the paint was dry the kids used black crayon to trace the trees, add bark, and some of them chose to draw little animals under the snow.
4. Sherron Gerard has this wonderful 1-page freebie. It’s a simple readers response page that was made for this book!
5. I have a post where I share 5 different snow poems.
6. Kinder Binder offers a free sheet that your students can use to draw the different places animals will hide in the winter. It’s definitely worth grabbing.
7. Here’s a little colouring book from The Natural Homeschool called “Animals That Adapt in Winter”. I think this would be perfect to pair with some informational writing about each animal and how they adapt.
8. You definitely need this free set of Animals in the Winter Cards. These were created by a fellow British Columbian. Her store is called Sam’s School Stuff. She includes beautiful photos of 18 different animals with a short write-up about each.
9. The Cub Collective has a 10-page guided writing booklet called Animals in Winter. It’s also free!
10. Under the Snow is very similar to Over and Under the Snow. If you click on the image it will take you to a post where I have a LOT more winter resources.