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Six-sided frozen crystals fascinated Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley. See how he studied and photographed these delicate structures.
At the opening of this lesson, ask students what they know about snowflakes, how they form, why they disappear, and what they look like. Document student contributions to the discussion on a classroom white board using Crayola® Dry Erase Markers.
Read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to the class. Ask students to comment on and ask questions about what they view in the illustrations. Allow time after the reading for students to reflect upon the story.
Talk with students about the technology that allowed Wilson Bentley to view and draw snowflakes. When was the microscope invented? By whom? How did the addition of this piece of technology change the world at that time? When was photography developed? By whom? How did the availability of this technology change people's lives?
Invite students to illustrate what they have learned about snowflakes and the technology that allows the human eye to see their intricacy. Using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, students draw a picture of Snowflake Bentley taking photos of snowflakes falling, perhaps outside a house or barn. Students may use their erasers to highlight the wood grain, draped cloth, or accordion-like folds of the camera.
Crayola Fine Tip Markers or Gel Markers can be used to draw snowflakes falling. Encourage students to enlarge one snowflake to show detail.
Provide time in the school day for students to share their illustrations in small groups, Display in a prominent place in the classroom.
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