How to Survive the Snow and Ice

Can you tell the difference between artificial snow and the real thing? An informative video explains the structure of a snowflake crystal, both real and artificial. It finishes with a discussion of the chemistry related to salting icy walkways or laying down kitty litter to keep people safe in bad weather.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils attempt to draw a three-dimensional snowflake as the narrator describes its structure
  • Ask learners to keep a list of life hacks for managing snow in the video lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Experience with snow-related weather is helpful
Pros

  • Uses three-dimensional imaging to provide a reference to the crystalline structure
  • Narrator shows excitement for the topic, which increases engagement
Cons

  • None