Lesson Plan

Snowflake Research Project

As part of a study of weather, students learn about the foundations of snowflakes.
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Fremont Public Schools
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Students will be able to share and demonstrate their knowledge of three components of a snowflake through a nonfiction biography and online research resource. 

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1 Hook

Activity: Reading

The biography Snowflake Bentley  by Jacqueline Briggs introduced students to the nonfiction genre of biography as well as providing scientific information on the formation and study of snowflakes. This story builds on what students already have experienced with regard to weather and creates an interest to learn more. 

2 Direct Instruction

Using BrainPop, students will explore the concepts of weather, snow, and snow crystal formation. Students will discover that all snow snow crystals have six sides, are unique and need cold to be created. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Presenting

Using interactive whiteboard tool, students will complete a research sheet outlining the following concepts:

All snowflakes are UNIQUE

Snowflakes need COLD

All snowflakes have SIX sides

Students will complete sentences on their own sheet with the capitalized words.  In addition, they will have snowflakes to cut out, decorate, and glue to their project sheet. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

Make a Flake Digital Resource - http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com

Students have the opportunity to create a digital snowflake by clipping pieces of a folded piece of paper. This skill also allows students to work on fine motor skills.  Students may preview and edit their snowflake, as well as identify the standard six sides of a snowflake crystal. 

Snowflakes may be printed out and added to students' project sheets. 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Snowflake Bentely - Youtube video ( http://youtu.be/x8HYqUjbKeM )

Students will view this video with additional biographical information on Snowflake Bentley. The video also includes images of Bentley's photographs of snowflakes. Students are able to identify the standard structure of a snow crystal based on their knowledge.