Preparation and Materials:
You'll need white construction paper.
Prepare slips of paper with an animal name on each piece of paper. The animals in the book are: blue jay, Mother Doe, fawn, owl, dove, muskrat, buck, squirrel, porcupine, rabbit, chickadee, mouse, cardinal. You may duplicate some of the animals so that there is one for each student. Put one slip of paper with the word “snowman" on it.
Give every student a piece of white construction paper. Each student may choose one slip of paper from the container. The assignment is to draw and color a picture of the animal. Make it almost as large as the paper. The students may look at the book to get a better look at the animals.
Place the person with the snowman to one side of the room. Then read the book again and as you mention each person’s animal they should come up and “act out" the animal’s reaction to the stranger in the woods.
Then have everyone sit down and ask them to put the story in sequence without you reading it. The blue jay begins. Each person who comes up should tell what his or her animal did.