The kids all had clipboards and I stopped and asked them to predict/ infer at certain points. We had a great discussion on how their schema helps them. We live in CA but I was still surprised how many kids have never played in snow!
You can download the worksheet I used HERE. I realized as we were reading that you also use inferring when you figure out Peter lives in an apartment. We worked on that one whole group and it was interesting how many kids didn't pick up on it. Only 4 live in apartments so I guess they didn't have the schema!! :-)
Then I asked the students to predict what they think Peter and his friend would do when they went out in the deep, deep snow. They wrote about it and made a picture to go with it.
I got the template for Peter and his friend from Chalk Talk a great Kindergarten blog at