The Snowy Day | 123Read&Write

A simple reading comprehension quiz  and literacy activities for the children’s book, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.

Book Summary

The timeless children’s classic picture book, The Snowy DayHorn Book, by Ezra Jack Keats belongs in every child’s library. This 1963 Caldecott Medal winner offers a beautiful, yet simplistic story of a young boy’s discovery of snow outside his bedroom window. The true beauty of this Kindergarten book, however, is that it brings out the inner-child of all who read it. You truly are taken back to a time when that first snowfall had a magical appeal. Additionally, as noted in  magazine, The Snowy Day"the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero." offered  So, for its timeless tale of the wonder of that first snowfall, the soft earth-toned pictures, the unique (for the time period) protagonist; The Snowy Day is one classic that every child and adult should enjoy together.

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Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading the story to your child, go to the following link to complete the quiz.

5 = Mastery

4 = Developing

<3 = Beginning

Follow Up Lesson Plan Activities

Activity 1: Art Activity - My Snowy Day

Directions: In The Snowy Day, Peter went outside to play in the new fallen snow. In the box below, draw and color your very own winter scene.

Activity 2: Matching Tracks

Directions: Peter went walking in the snow and make tracks with his feet and a fallen stick. Look at the pictures below. Draw a line connecting each animal to the track they would make in the snow.

Activity 3: Showing Emotions

Directions: In The Snowy Day Peter felt many different emotions. For each emotion we feel, we make a different face. Read each of the scenarios listed below. Draw the face Peter would make to show the emotion he felt.

Activity 4: Identifying Seasons

Directions: Peter’s experiences in My Snowy Day take place during the season of winter. Winter is just one of our four seasons. Look at the pictures below, circling all of the objects that are related to winter.

Activity 5: Creative Writing Prompt - Winter Fun

Directions: Peter tells of his adventures in the new fallen snow. On the lines below, write about one of your favorite snowy days. Draw a picture in the box to go along with your story.

The Snowy Day Video