The Science of Snowflakes

We are all the same, yet we are all different—just like snowflakes. Learners explore the science behind snowflakes and their uniqueness as they view the video segment on snow. They conclude with a discussion about physical and chemical properties, changes, and how things can be both the similar and different.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide art materials and have each learner in the class make their own snowflake; discuss differences in these with the group
  • Show a video of snow, focusing on flakes (close-up view if at all possible) to provide further understanding of how these are different from each other, yet appear uniform in great numbers
Classroom Considerations

  • Make certain all materials for the art project are ready before you begin and clean up immediately afterward to save time for discussion; allow extra time to ensure understanding of this lesson
Pros

  • Brings to life an important concept and provides opportunities to engage learners for better understanding
  • Simple language makes a complex scientific process more accessible
Cons

  • None