Sunday, February 28, 2010


By Melissa Stewart
Publisher: Peachtree
ISBN 13: 978-1-56145-493-8

FROM THE FLAP: When snow falls, we love to sled and skate and have snowball fights. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the chilly winter weather? What do they do when snow blankets the ground?

Journey to fields, forests, ponds, and wetlands to see how animals survive. Watch as ladybugs crowd together in a gap in a stone wall and a chipmunk snoozes in its burrow. Take a side trip to the pond, where a carp rests quietly on the bottom and a frog nestles in the mud, scarcely breathing.

And then as winter passes and the sun’s rays grow stronger, join all animals as they get ready for spring.

Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance Bergum’s glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and the magic that can happen under the snow.

KATE'S TAKE: About this time of year I begin to fantasize about what's the underneath all the snow. Read UNDER THE SNOW to find out.

ANIMAL ANTICS (Bodily/Kinesthetic and Interpersonal)

At the end of the book, the snow melts and the animals come out from underneath the snow. In a circle on the rug, invite children to physically impersonate one of the animals in the book, and ask the students to guess which animal the student is impersonating.

GUESS WHO? (Verbal/Linguistic and Interpersonal)

Have students fill in the blanks to the following questions:

I live in a __________ (habitat).
I am (color) _________ and (color) ________.
When spring comes, I ________ (movement)
Who am I?

Then ask the other students to guess who each student is.

HABITAT POSTERS (Naturalist and Visual/Spatial)

Divide the class into four groups. Give each group a large poster and have each group illustrate one of the four different habitats mentioned in the book: wetlands, ponds, fields, and forests. Post one poster in each corner of the room.

HABITAT SORT (Naturalist and Bodily/Kinesthetic)

Assign each child an animal. Then ask all of the animals that live in each habitat to find the poster that represents their habitat. When they move to their habitat, they should move as their animal moves.

PUPPET PLAY (Visual/Spatial)

Gather a bunch of supplies such as socks, juice concentrate cans, margarine containers, and ask students to make a puppet representing one of the animals in the book.


-Animal Camouflage in the Snow by Martha E. H. Rustad
-Animals in the Snow by Margaret Wise Brown
-Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin
-Footprints in the Snow: Counting by Twos by Michael Dahl
-When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart

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