Snow and Ice Science lesson

Today’s School is in session :

Bell Ringer ?

Why are no 2 snowflakes alike?Snowflakes are created when snow crystals stick together, and some contain several hundred crystals. The old adage that “no two snowflakes are alike” might not hold true, at least for smaller crystals, new research suggests

Today’s Lesson:

Many children have heard that there are no two snowflakes alike, however they probably don’t know that there are different types of snowflakes. The temperature and humidity both play a factor in the type of flake that is formed. Snow and the science of snow provide an abundance of opportunity to teach math and science to your young students.

When your students think about snow they imagine snowmen, snowballs, skiing, skating and sledding. They don’t think of cloud formations, weather patterns, measuring snow or how crystals form. It’s your job to teach them and boy, can this be a fun unit!

Library Book :

If everything that goes up must come down then does that mean that the snow, hail, rain and sleet also come from the ground? Let’s take a look into the weather cycles and try to understand where these showers originate. The cool thing about learning through this book is that it combines pictures and powerful texts, too! Grab a copy today!

Louisiana snow 2017

Only happens every few years.Always a shock !

No Snow ?

Ice :

The solid form of water is called iceIce is created when water gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and it freezes. … When lakes freeze, they become a hard, slippery surface. This is called an ice shelf.

Ice Experiment to try :

Break students into small groups and give them a Ziploc baggie, ice, paper towels, and a scale .

Have students put the ice into the baggie and seal it. Have them record their observations of the ice at this time, and then record the weight of the bag of ice. Have students take turns holding the bag in their hands, wiping the outside of the bag as necessary to get rid of any moisture.

Have students weigh the bags of ice again.

Ask students:

  • What do you see?
  • What is happening to the ice?
  • Why is this happening to the ice?
  • What do you think is happening to the amount of ice?

Yummy Ice Pop :

Treat your students to a yummy ice pop. Purchase Popsicles from the store or make your own homemade fruit pops. Store-bought molds are easy or use disposable cups and wooden craft sticks. Remember not to fill the molds more than ¾ full because the mixture will expand as it begins to freeze. Think about using pure fruit juices to make these pops nutritious.

Tomorrow Winter Crafts to make with the kids…. Lisa

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