The following post is from contributor, Erin of The Usual Mayhem.
It’s February, everything is piled high with snow (for half of us, anyway), and we’re all restless. What better time to study the snow itself?
I’ve compiled a collection of snow unit study links so you can explore with your kids in as much or as little depth as you like. Maybe an afternoon of capturing snowflakes under a microscope is just what you need to break out of the blues!
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Photographing flakes and keeping a snow journal
Visit the National Snow & Ice Data Center
Test the effects of different substances on melting ice
Play with the interactive weather maker
Check out videos on snow survival, shelter building, and more-parents should preview these first for appropriate content!
Make salt crystal snowflakes on your paper
Inukshuk building how-to – scroll down the page to find this one
Exploring Nature has information about the Arctic , the Andes , the snow line, and avalanches
Print the numbers 1 to 30 on snowflakes for early ages math review
Snow math for upper middle to high school
Explore the symmetry of snowflakes
Play snowflake multiplication bingo
Play with these snowflake matching cards
Print some free critical thinking math pages for grades 2-5
Find a dozen or more kindergarten math winter-themed printables
Sheppard Software has lots of free online winter math games
Cool Math Games has some fun snow games to play
Snow art projects:
An art project for the book The Snowy Day
A whole round-up of snowflake projects here!
Some free winter-themed writing frames
A poetry lesson and free snowflake writing paper (scroll down a bit)
Free winter writing paper with some fun shapes
Winter creative writing prompts ( I’d say that these are more for older children, and some are a little bizarre)
Free primary level snow writing prompts, on pretty notebook pages
Explore the Eskimo/Aleut words for snow!
A very good article about the Eskimo/Aleut words for snow, for middle school and older
Learn about the life cycle of a snowflake
Some more free snow notebooking pages, because you can never have too many!
Free printable snow scrapbook paper:
Activity Village’s snow at night paper, snow cloud paper and their regular snow scrapbook paper
Free “Let It Snow” printable paper
Miscellaneous shortcuts and fun ideas
If you just want a ready-made unit, Shining Dawn Books has a great Snow and Ice unit study for all ages, ready to go.
Or you could play a board game!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
Snowflake by Paul Gallico
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
Snow Caves For Fun and Survival by Ernest Wilkinson
Snowflake Bentley: Man of Science, Man of God by Gloria May Stoddard
Snowflakes by Joan Sugarman
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (You’ll want to see Blog She Wrote’s older notebooking post about this book, too!)
History of the The Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra (for mature readers only!)
Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family’s Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds
Avalanche Essentials: A Step-by-Step System for Safety and Survival
Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America
Got other great snow unit study links and posts? Please share them in the comments below!
Erin can be found writing at The Usual Mayhem.
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