Let it Snow
1st Grade Research and Inquiry Resources
• Children will use the computer to do research and inquiry on the weather.
• Children will learn more about the way that different snowflakes look.
• Children will play a game on the computer by remembering and matching pictures of the same snowflake.
• Have children look at the pictures on the Web site. Ask them what their favorite snowflake looks like. Give the children white or off• white construction paper and scissors. Help them fold the piece of paper and cut out designs along the folded side, as well as around the corners. Does their snowflake look like one shown on the website? The children can also decorate their snowflakes with glitter. Hang them from the ceiling of your classroom with string to create a winter wonderland.
• Make ice cream using snow or ice. Add snow or ice to a gallon• sized bag until it is half• full. Add six tablespoons of salt and mix. (Remember to wear gloves!) In a quart• sized bag, mix half a cup of milk or cream, a tablespoon of sugar, and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can use two bags to prevent leakage if you'd like. Put this bag into the larger bag. Shake the larger bag until the smaller one has worked its way into the middle of the snow or ice. Within five to eight minutes, the smaller bag will freeze into ice cream. Enjoy!