Over and Under the Snow {A Book Talk}


Winter is here, which is a fun time to teach about animals in the winter. One of my favorite books to use in our winter animals unit is Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. This book offers a unique perspective of woodland animals in the winter.

Over and Under the Snow SQ

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Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow is about a child and a father going out into the forest to cross-country ski. They encounter various animals in the winter and discover that some can be found under the snow, or over the snow.

over and under the snow book

The descriptive language the author uses makes this story sound poetic. I just love it! This leads to some great vocabulary discussions during our interactive read-aloud.

After reading the story, we talk about the animals in the story and if they can be found over or under the snow. We sort them out as a class onto an anchor chart. I added some cotton for a snowy effect.

chart paper with a winter scene

Each student also created their own forest scene and sorted the animals in the story. First, they made their scene with construction paper and drew some trees for a forest. I gave them cotton and showed them how to create snow with it. They glued the animals either under or over the snow.

paper with winter scene, cotton as snow and animal pcitures

Do you have any favorite activities you do with this story? You can find more vocabulary and comprehension resources for Over and Under the Snow below.

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