I ask students to come sit on the meeting place rug to listen to a story about snow.
Before I begin the story, I refer back to our water cycle anchor chart that was made in our lesson about rain.
I go over the Water Cycle again, reviewing the key vocabulary words like precipitation. Then I ask, "How do you think snow is formed?"
I am anticipating several students will be able to make the connection that rain and snow are both water with the only difference being water is a solid because its frozen. However, I always ask my students to check for understanding.
After reviewing the Water Cycle, I pull out a book to read aloud to the class. Snowflake Bentley is about the man who discovered that snowflakes are all different.
I love reading this book and teaching this to my kindergarten students because it helps them see through everyday observation they can discover new things. The images in the story are very engaging for Kindergarten students also!
After reading the book, I show students a very short video about a present day scientist that studies snow and snowflakes. He's the modern day Snowflake Bentley.
I show this video because it shows a real scientist engaging in the study of snowflakes! I think it is important to show young children that real people can make scientific careers out of something that they are passionate about.
I hand out blank white paper (cut into squares) and ask students to make snowflakes. I don't need to go into a lot of instruction on how to fold the paper and how to cut, because we have already done these earlier in the year. However, if you have not shown kindergarten students how to make a snowflake out of paper, then you will need to model how to fold the paper and how to do the cuts on the folds.
When the students have finished making their flakes, I have them clean up their mess, unfold their flakes and do a gallery walk around the room to see if they can find anyone who made a snowflakes exactly like their own.