Blow and Throw Snow


Read and write words spelled with the long o pattern –ow.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • blow
  • throw
  • snow
  • slow
  • show


  • Crumpled pieces of white paper (resembling snowballs)
  • -ow Word Cards (see below) - lined up in a row
  • Go sign (see below)
  • Blow Snow Here sign (see below)
  • Bow graphics (see below) or actual bows to give the children as awards


State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will be playing with snow inside as they read and write words spelled with -ow that make the long o sound: blow, throw, snow, slow, bow.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Blow and throw snow
    • Give the children paper snowballs to blow. Let the children take turns to see if they can blow the snow across a desk or table to make it 'go'.
    • Let the children stand in a row or make a row of snowballs. Let them throw their snowballs in a row (one at a time going down the row).
  • Go blow snow race
    • Have a few children at a time stand behind the Go sign (see below) and let them try to blow snow to a the Blow Snow Here sign (see below) a few feet away that says.
    • As the children watch their classmates try to blow snow, they can chant: “Go, go, go! Blow the snow! Make the snow go!”
    • Award the child who crosses the Blow Snow Here sign first with a bow.
    • Repeat until every child has had a turn to blow snow in a race.
  • Throw snow
    • Have the children choose a partner and ask them to sit on the floor. Let the children throw the paper snowball back and forth. Have the throwing partner say, “Throw the snow” and the receiving child say, “Whoa! You can throw the snow!”
  • Win a bow
    • Scatter the word cards face up on the floor and explain to the children that they are each going to throw the paper snowball and try to get it to land on one of the word cards.
    • Tell the children that if they can throw the snowball on a card, that they're going to win a bow.
    • Allow every child to throw until they win a bow.


Apply the Skill

  • Write target words introduced in the activity
    • Have the children write a story about blowing and throwing snow.
    • Write the following prompt on the board: “I can blow snow.” Have the children write an additional 2-3 sentences about specific things they did during the activity using -ow words.




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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.