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The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

Last updated Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Author: Mark Cassino
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 0811868664
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2009

Synopsis: How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you seen snow?
•  Have you seen a snowman?
•  Ever played in Snow?
•  Do you own/wear a pair of mittens?
•  Have you ever seen a volcano?
•  Have you ever tasted salt from water?
•  Have you ever looked through a microscope at school?
•  Have many sides does a hexagon have? (6 sides, 6 points)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Vocabulary: Symmetry Erode
•  What makes them non-symmetrical? Asymmetrical? (Arms growing at different speeds, 2 crystals forming together)

Craft ideas:
•  Cut out snowflakes and glue them onto a darker piece of construction paper or make a hole and tie a string to hang at home. (see instructions on back of this sheet.)
•  Make Christmas cards.

Special activities:
•  Six kids/volunteers holding hands to create a human snowflake

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!