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Katy and The Big Snow: Five In A Row Unit Study

I like 'rowing' our books in season-- part of the Melancholy in me; wanting things in some type of order!  However, with such a mild winter and other lessons going on, we just never got around to rowing "Katy and The Big Snow", until now.

March has brought us some very windy weather, with a day of snow flurries, but it was gone within hours.  We were able to get outside once this winter and play in the snow, but that was it!  I'm not complaining though; the first snowfall of the season is always pretty and I love having snow at Christmas time, but after that... the cold weather/snow can hitch a ride somewhere else! 

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My son really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed getting to cuddle up and read it to him.  With the exception of reading before nap time, he is not much of a cuddler (is that a word?!) during our Five in a Row readings; I think because he liked the book he was more apt to cuddle with me.  More often than not, he sits on one of his ride on cars.  I love snuggle time with him, though!  My little boy is growing up....

We "rowed" another book by Virginia Lee Burton earlier in this school year; we read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel."  Both books are full of charm; it's a no wonder both are considered classics.  Katy and The Big Snow is about a hard working red tractor who "becomes a heroine as she finally gets a chance to work and fulfill her responsibilities" (summary from FIAR manual).

Katy and the Big Snow Five in a Row Activities

Social Studies:

  • Using Beginning Geography, T learned the points of the compass.  We have talked about cardinal directions before, so it was a bit of a review, too. 
  • To practice more with cardinal directions, we played "If You Were Katy."  I placed several community location pictures, as well as signs to indicate N, S, E, W, around our living room.  T rolled the die to find out where he was to go to. 
  • Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

    Our DIY snowplow!  I attatched a hamper to his ride-on toy!
    Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

     Before he set off to help, we talked about which way the needle would point on our printable compass; then, he was on his way.  He worked hard, just like Katy : )  T had a lot of fun playing this game! 
Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

Language Arts:

Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities
  • We are one page away from finishing up Explode the Code book 1 and I am just so proud of him!  ETC combined with All About Spelling, really helped him gain confidence in blending his sounds together to read!  I picked up a Little Critters "Play Ball" early readers book and he read most of it without my help!  Finding beginning readers is tough!  They are either too easy and/or a little bit too wordy and over-whelm him. 
  • We revisited Personification; I gathered a bunch of toys and had T sort them into two piles: objects that showed some type of human characteristic and not-personified.  Afterwards he placed eye stickers on a bunch of his toys and we made up stories together!  He is such an animated story-teller, usually using actions rather than words to describe/ show something! 
  • Copywork


  • Counted by 5's
  • I introduced measuring in inches and feet; my son really enjoys measuring things, so I pulled out a long piece of butcher paper from his art easel and we measured how much snow fell in the city of Geopolis.  I worked with T on measuring 4 inches, 10 inches, 2 feet, 3 feet, and 5 feet.  Then I made some snow paint and we covered the piece of paper! 
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     Afterwards, T had fun rolling his cars in the snow but unfortunately they all got "stuck" just like in the story-- but we couldn't find our Katy to help them out, so they just stayed there!  I left T to feed Little Sis, but loved hearing him play with his cars. 
    Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

     Five feet of snow is a lot!!   

    Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

  • Made a "How Many Inches" worksheet for T to complete:
  • Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

  • I found a website full of Kindergarten Math. We played "Measure with Paperclips," "Measure with Inches," "Which Tool to Measure With," and "Math Lingo"; after one of the measurement activities, you could "set off" fireworks and another you could build your own house.  Definitely will be checking this site more more ideas!   


  • Cut and paste Rainbow City activity: a mix of St. Patrick's Day and big city life : )
  • Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

    Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

  • Snowman Puzzle: I cut a snowman into strips that T had to piece back together.  Afterwards, I asked T if he wanted to add a couple of buttons, and a couple turned into a snowman COVERED in buttons! 
Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities


  • Well, I was hoping for one last snowfall... and it didn't come, so we just read a couple of books about snow. 
And, just for fun we made some yummy white chocolate covered banana snowmen-- YUM!
Katy and The Big Snow Five in a Row activities

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I usually have our next book somewhat planned and I have nothing yet!  I am thinking we will row "Clown of God" by Tomie de Paola to work in the rainbow/ St. Patrick's Day theme.... stay tuned!