Brainstorm with students before reading to engage their schemas in order to connect with ways they would make a snowman without snow. Before reading, the room is already filled with laughter and creativity.
Ask students to predict what Martin will do or what will happen to him as you read.
One of my favorite pages is when he yells at his teacher and tears his snowman picture up and throws it on the floor. Students say, “I am predicting… that he will end up in the principal’s office,” which he does!
At the end, I ask students to brainstorm ways to make a sand castle without sand.
This book has a text-to-text connections with Nancy Poylar’s Snip, Snip, Snow. The parents and the kids have the same point of view about snow.