Read books

Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Cocoa Ice, by Diana Appelbaum


A much longer read, but a favorite of mine – The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Make a “snowflake.”  Use a pipe cleaner to make the shape of a snowflake.  Dip it into a solution of water mixed with borax.  Leave it overnight to crystalize.  For more details on this experiment, see our main text: Weather Thematic Units.

Cut out snowflake designs and discuss how they are different and similar from other students’ snowflakes.

Actual observation

We live in Texas, so snow is not something we actually observe often, but for those who who live farther north, take an opportunity to make observations about snow, ice and cold.  What are different types of snow?  Can you see individual snowflakes?  Observe frost and ice on plants.

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