Story of Snow

60 min.

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Identify the properties of snowflakes

Big Idea

How does temperature affect the state of matter for water?

Share these books:

The Story of Snow

The Story of Snow The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D. illustrated by Nora Aoyagi.

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  • Snowflake Bentley
  • Plot Summary: This Caldecott Medal-winning book poetically describes the life and work of Vermont farmer and photographer Wilson Bentley. From the time he was a small boy, Willie was fascinated by snow.

More resources here :

Spanish resource : Nieve Snow by Erin Edison

And while the snow is here
this brief moment,
let us take a walk and see how beautiful
the world is
~Cynthia Rylant


How to catch your own Snow Crystals - see Wonders with Charlie or :

  1. Chill a piece of dark cardboard or foam outside for at least ten minutes.
  2. Hold out the board to catch snow flakes
  3. Use a magnifying glass to look at the snowflakes
  4. Draw your snowflake observations

We will also build giant paper snowflakes

Vocabulary: matter, solid, liquid, gas, vapor, molecule, symmetry, crystal, solstice
hexagon, precipitation
For older students: Did scientists discover a new form of matter?

The Shortest Day

What Happens in Winter?

What Happens in Winter by Sara L. Latta