Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by TrayKay
I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow…”
Yeah, no, not especially. I’m not a big fan of snow. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, we certainly had our share of it. Of course, we had fun as kids doing all the things kids do — the sledding, the snowball fights, building snowmen, attempting to build igloos.
But I also remember the unpleasantness of the cold, the face freeze, feet turning into blocks of ice. How we had to go to school in it, and how mad I’d get when I heard the radio announcements of all the school closings in NJ. Seems like those lucky NJ schoolkids always got off whenever it snowed.
As I got older, snow just became more of a nuisance. The morning slog through it to the subway to get to work, shoveling out the car, slipping on snow-covered patches of ice. Snow certainly seemed to have lost its “magic” then.
My feelings about snow changed yet again when I had my children. The enjoyment was back as I watched their enjoyment and experienced those fun snow days with them. These days, I live in a climate where we get very little snow, and I find that I don’t really miss it, although I still like to view it on distant mountaintops. It also makes an interesting topic of study for incorporating into winter lesson plans.
Watch this Video on how and why snowflakes form in a wide array of patterns.
This Teaching Guide for The Story of Snow provides ideas for using the book to discuss related topics such as the water cycle, crystals, and the states of matter. It also suggests activities for math, reading and writing, and art.
More Winter Lesson Plans and Activities:
Snowflake Bentley Reader: Read about the man who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. Here’s a graphic organizer for the reader that focuses on main idea and summarizing reading skills.
Snowflake Symmetry free download
Types of Snowflakes free printable guide
SnowCrystals snowflakes gallery and activities
Science of Snow fact page from the National Snow and Ice Data Center