Reading Day 3

Snow Troops

Sitting at the window, I watch the falling snow.

Fluttering, swirling, gusting, in a blinding white glow.

I hurry to put on my boots, gloves, coat, and hat.

Eager to be outside and make snowballs that go splat.


My brother follows my example and gets ready too.

With snow on the ground there’s so much we can do!

Under our booted feet the snow crunches as we walk.

The cold air against our warm faces is a pleasant shock.


Scooping, molding, pressing, throwing; we’re having fun. 

Breaths puff out in steamy clouds as we laugh and run.

We decide to build a snowman to stand in our yard.

Rolling up the heavy snow we need is very, very hard.


Finally we see progress, after much effort and strain.

We work hard on his big white head that has no brain.

We search for black coal to make his dark eyes.

What expression will he have? We’ll make it a surprise!


A carrot for a nose and two long arms made of wood.

We add a mouth to his face; he’s beginning to look good. 

We find some mittens, a scarf, and a hat for his clothes.

Stepping back we laugh at his silly expression and his pose.


Time passes quickly and the cold temperature gets colder.

Back in the house, I shrug my heavy coat off my shoulder.

Warm cocoa with marshmallows, dry clothes, and hot soup,

Leads to full tummies and warm comfort for tired snow troops.


Questons: Remember to restate. 

1. The line 10 of the poem says: Breaths puff out in steamy clouds as we laugh and run. What does this sentence mean?

2. Name the items of clothing that are used to dress the snowman.

3. Where does the poem take place in the first three stanzas? 

4. At the end of the poem, what is waiting for them when the snow troop goes back inside? 

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