Adapt your favorite winter-themed picture books with Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 3, 2023 9:11:05 AM

Combine Wixie with your favorite winter-themed picture books to turn your emerging readers into authors! 

Wixie's Curriculum library includes a range of story adaptation templates you can assign to students after reading your favorite winter-themed books. Use these ideas to get your students excited about reading and writing in wintry weather.

Support young learners with a sentence stem

Start by reading a pattern story to your students. Then, create a sentence starter for them to add one or two words to complete. Have students use Wixie's tools to write and illustrate, and then combine their pages and publish your class's adaptation of the story.

Snowmen at Night - Caralyn Buehner

Most students are familiar with the Frosty the Snowman song and have likely already imagined what a lifelike snowman might want to do. Have students write simple sentences about what their snowman might do at night. 

"At night, my snowman _______." (template)


You can also challenge them with a simple noun-verb format ("Snowmen ___________") and add an alliterative component.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? - Eric Carle

Use the repetitive text to describe the sounds one hears in winter.

"Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear? I hear a _______________." (template)

Over and Under the Snow - Kate Messner

Have students create their own version of people, animals, and objects they find over and under the snow.

"Under the snow, I found _____________."  (template)

When you are finished, combine individual student work into one class book to share the work of your budding authors.

The Shape of Things - Dayle Ann Dodds

Have students compose winter-themed images from 2-dimensional shapes and complete a sentence that describes their composite to create their own winter version of the book. (lesson plan)

"A circle is just a circle, until __________________." (templates - circle, square, triangle, rectangle)


If you're budding writers are ready, challenge them to create an entire adaptation independently. (template)

Use great literature to inspire student storytelling

The possibilities are endless with Wixie. Students can start with a blank canvas or book template to write and tell their own stories.

The Mitten - Jan Brett

Ask students to tell a different mitten story or write an entirely new winter adventure story for a different article of winter clothing. (template)


Snowy Day - Jack Ezra Keats

Jack Ezra Keats's Snowy Day is the perfect way to inspire students to tell the story of their own snowy day. This makes a great assignment for a snow day or after when students return to school. (book template)

Goodnight, Santa - Dawn Sirett

In this story, a little girl looks for Santa and says Goodnight to various creatures as she looks for him. Have students create their own winter silhouette scenes with advice from an animal they might meet when looking for Santa.


If you are unsure how to do silhouette art, check out this lesson plan.

Polar Bear Math: Learning about Fractions from the Klondike and Snow - Amy Whitehead Naqda

Have students choose a winter activity, like making hot chocolate or sledding, and use it to showcase and illustrate the fractions involved.

Managing and supporting student writing

Students can work independently in a lab or center/station if the writing involves just one word. If students are new to technology or need assistance, have them rotate through a station with you or work with each student on your interactive whiteboard to model for others. Consider asking students in a higher grade to support your learners as they create illustrations and record narration.

If they have basic tech skills, they can type the word on their own using inventive spelling. Students can also select the text box and click the Microphone button to easily write their story using the text dictation tool.

text dictation tool

Showcasing student stories

Whether you have each student create a single page of a class book, work collaboratively to adapt a classic, or ask each student to design their own book. Provide motivation for their efforts by publishing their work.

Take time to create a sturdy cardboard cover if you are printing student work. Many companies provide easy-to-assemble cardboard covers, so books look professional and last through many uses. Many photo-sharing sites can publish books from images you upload so that you can export student work from Wixie as an image. This also makes it easy for parents to buy a copy of the book for students to read and show off at home.


Printed books don’t capture recorded voice, so if your students recorded narration, you can capture this several ways:

No matter which story you choose or how you publish, Wixie makes it easy to use your favorite winter-themed picture books to turn your emerging writers into budding authors.

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