IMG_8796I’ve been very excited about what 4th grade has been working on!  I found these awesome books from the Scholastic book order:

  • Snow Science by Scott Westgard
  • The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino

IMG_0131IMG_0132I started out the session by reading Snow by Marion Dane Bauer and Snow Science.  We talked about the 4 factors that determine what causes the shape and sizes of snowflakes (temperature, cloud height, dirt and dust, wind speed and humidity) and the geometry and symmetry behind the snow flakes.

We then grew our own crystal (which I did wrong and it failed horribly! Ha!) and learned that packet to grow snow was actually what I put in the crystal growing container.  Once we moved that over the snow growing powder was actually very cool.  It was essentially the stuff they put in a diaper, but hey! It was fun!

IMG_8728The kids then read The Story of Snow, which was extremely fascinating.  One of the things my colleague pointed out was a lot of non-fiction stories don’t lend well to think students have a lot of first hand knowledge about, but this book was the opposite–all of our students have had first hand experience with snow.  If you don’t have this book, it’s an EXCELLENT book and all of the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.  It had real microscope enlarged photos of snowflakes, the different types of snowflakes, how and why they are formed that way, and why and what happens when there is mutations in the snowflakes.

IMG_0138After that students had to write about the different types of snowflakes (star, plate, bumps, twins, columns, etc.)  They needed to write what type it was, draw a picture of what it looked like, and tell me about how it was formed and other characteristics about that type of snowflake.

After that students were then able to make their own snowflake.  They cut one out of paper and then were asked to write which snowflake they had cut and why they thought it was that type of snowflake pointing out different characteristics we learned about in the book. (Picture at the top of this post).  This proved IMG_8727to be much more difficult than we had planned for. It was still a lot of fun, but a lot more difficult than we thought.  Symmetry is hard! Haha!

This was an excellent week of learning.  This was probably the most interesting book I’ve personally read all year long.