The Chubby Snowman poem is a Christmas classic, using simple but effective language, and leaving room for lots of actions and performance activities!
The below lesson plan is a sample of how you can use The Chubby Snowman in a younger class. We’ve also shared some extension and homework activities too!
Objective: Students will analyze and interpret the Christmas poem “The Chubby Snowman” by selecting key elements, discussing its themes, and creating their own creative interpretations.
Duration: 2 class periods (45 minutes each)
- Copies of the poem “The Chubby Snowman” for each student
- Whiteboard and markers
- Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
- Large chart paper and markers
- Make enough copies of the poem “The Chubby Snowman” for each student.
- Set up the classroom with the necessary materials for the creative activity.
- Familiarize yourself with the poem and its themes.
Note: Ensure that students have a basic understanding of poetry and its elements before beginning this lesson.
Poem Words: A Chubby Snowman
A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a rabbit
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch,
ATE the snowman’s
carrot nose . . .
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!
Day 1: Introduction and Analysis
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by asking students if they know what a poem is and if they’ve heard or read any Christmas-themed poems before.
- Introduce the poem “The Chubby Snowman” by explaining that it’s a fun and whimsical Christmas poem.
Reading and Discussion (20 minutes)
- Distribute copies of the poem to each student.
- Read the poem aloud as a class, and then have individual students take turns reading each stanza.
- Lead a discussion about the poem, asking questions such as:
- What is the poem about?
- Who is the chubby snowman? What do we know about him?
- What are some words or phrases that help you picture the snowman?
- Do you notice any rhyming words or patterns in the poem?
Identifying Key Elements (10 minutes)
- Write the following elements on the whiteboard: setting, characters, theme, and mood.
- Discuss each element and ask students to identify these elements in the poem “The Chubby Snowman.”
Group Activity: Element Analysis (15 minutes)
- Divide students into small groups.
- Assign each group one of the key elements (setting, characters, theme, mood) to analyze in the poem.
- Have each group discuss and list examples of their assigned element from the poem.
- Ask each group to share their findings with the class.
Day 2: Creative Interpretation and Art Activity
Recap and Discussion (10 minutes)
- Begin the second day by briefly recapping the key elements of the poem discussed on the previous day.
Creative Interpretation (15 minutes)
- Explain to students that they will be creating their own interpretation of the chubby snowman using words and phrases from the poem.
- Allow students to work individually or in pairs.
- Provide them with art supplies and encourage them to draw the chubby snowman based on their interpretation of the poem.
Sharing and Presentation (15 minutes)
- Have each student or pair share their creative interpretations with the class.
- Ask them to explain the choices they made and how their interpretation connects to the poem.
Reflective Discussion (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion about the different interpretations presented by students.
- Ask questions like:
- How did your interpretation compare to your classmates’ interpretations?
- How did the poem inspire your artwork?
- Participation in class discussions and group activities.
- Quality and creativity of the creative interpretation artwork.
- Understanding and application of key elements in the poem.
Homework (Optional): Students can write a short paragraph about what the chubby snowman might do on Christmas Day based on their interpretation of the poem.
Extension Activity (Optional): Students can write their own Christmas-themed poems using the structure and rhyming pattern of The Chubby snowman poem.