Sparkly Snowflakes

Sparkly Snowflakes lesson plan

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

  • 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.