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Katy and the Big Snow

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton

From Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.

Author: Virginia Burton

Website for Virginia Burton

Other books by Virginia Burton

The author is also the illustrator.

Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

Online Units and Resources for Katy and the Big Snow

Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

Snowflake Data Printable
Finding mean, median, mode, and range with snowflakes

Schooltime Snippets: Rowing Katy and the Big Snow

Katy and the Big Snow Lapbook
From HomeschoolShare

Literature resources for younger children
A large number of FIAR resources for specific books as well as general resources that can be used with any literature.

Katy and the Big Snow
This supplemental unit was developed as a part of the Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project. Students will create maps, explore mapping skills, learn about the inter-relatedness of community services, create a book of their own and use a Learning Log.

Peek 2003 First Grade Curriculum
1. Drop test/sturdy car. 2. Introduction to Motors 3. Tractor 4. Zuckerman's Tractor 5. Snowplow Grade 1.

Family Literacy Lesson Plans
Book-Centered Integrated Lesson Plans from Penn State.

Build a Snowplow
A unique idea using Legos.Students will familiarize themselves with essential building strategies and learn essential LEGO building strategies utilizing the motor and moveable parts.

Why are we featuring this book?

Katy and the Big Snow is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Katy and the Big Snow. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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