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Sparkly Snowflakes

Create light, sparkly snowflakes! Decorate a package, trim a tree, or hang them in winter windows. Let it snow!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Invite students to investigate the uniqueness of snowflakes. Why do scientists say that no two are alike? What types of patterns do they see in snowflakes? Share a read aloud with students that is focused on snowflakes, a snowstorm, winter weather, etc. Provide time during the read for students to view and discuss the accompanying illustrations. Then ask students to share with classmates memories they have of winter snows.
    2. In this lesson, students will create their own unique snowflakes. Ask students to cover their work areas with recycled newspapers. Distribute white Crayola Model Magic®. Instruct children to flatten a large chunk of the Model Magic®. Cut out snowflake shapes with large and small cookie cutters. Press the shapes together in layers.
    3. Mini cookie cutters can be pressed into the Model Magic layers. Remove these shapes to create lacy snowflakes.
    4. Form Model Magic characters such as elves to decorate the snowflakes.
    5. Decorate with Crayola Super Sparkle Glitter Glue and sparkly chenille sticks. Air-dry for at least 24 hours.
    6. While awaiting the finished product, invite students to write a few sentences about their snowflake. How does it represent their personal experiences with snow? Assist students, as needed, with writing activity.
    7. Display student snowflakes, along with writing, prominently in the classroom.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    SCI: Obtain information that animals have structures that allow them to respond to stimuli through instinct or memory.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino; The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libbrecht

    Encourage students to create snowflakes out of materials such as craft sticks, cotton swabs, construction paper, and/or fun foam. Think of recycled materials that can be used, as well.

    Read and research Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Discover how the main character discovered, through photography, that each snowflake is unique.

    What is the difference between snow, sleet, and freezing rain? Students research each of these. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    Students collaborate to write original poems focused on snow. Encourage students to illustrate their poems and to be prepared to present them to classmates.


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