NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Blizzards and Snow Theme Page
CLN Theme Pages
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" that supplement the study of blizzards and
snow. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources
within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information.
Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional
materials (lesson plans), which will help teachers provide instruction in this
General Blizzard and Snow Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources that contain information
and/or other links related to blizzards and snow. Please read our
- In this interactive lesson, grade 7-12 students make a fictitious journey
between two cities during adverse weather conditions, and learn some of the
basic skills needed to stay safe during winter storms. A teacher's guide is
- Even if you're not interested in actually building an igloo, this site
will explain how its construction can keep people warm in severe weather conditions.
Be Too Flaky
- An activity in which students measure the density of water, ice, and snow.
- Dragonfly Magazine has four articles about snow where kids can learn about
the Antarctica and making an igloo, learn why ice floats and is slippery,
read interesting facts about snow, or make a virtual flake.
Praise of Snow
- This lengthy article in the Atlantic Monthly is an intellectual study of
snow - for high school students only.
- If you want to know why snow is white, or why forecasting snow can be so
difficult, this is the site for you. Learn the difference between a blizzard
and a squall, or find out what graupel is in theGlossary page. Check the snow
Gallery for some historic photos of blizzards and snow from the National Weather
- Use this search engine to find all the Mad Scientist Network files on "snow",
and you'll find over 150 questions about snow that students have asked and
had answered. The answers tend to be brief, but the sheer quantity of information
available in the files is worthwhile.
Minnetonka Elementary Science Center
A lesson plan in which K-1 students learn to identify two properties of
Grade 2-3 lesson plan in which students make a snowman, write a descriptive
paragraph about making it, and then perform a variety of mathematical measurements
Grade 4-5 students explore how much water results from the melting of two
litres of snow.
National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Meteorology Guide
- An explanation of the varying atmospheric conditions that produce hail,
freezing rain, sleet, and snow.
- Students can learn about the basics of snow, snow art, and how to build
a snow castle.
- There are lots of elementary teaching resources offered by this home schooling
family. Included are suggestions for snow-based activities within science,
art, literature, and food.
- The Grade 7 Natural Disasters Project provides a brief description of blizzards
along with a wind chill chart.
Snow Flake Designs
Snow Flake Imagery
- Spring Brook Manufacturing, a snowshoe company, offers a collection of
lesson plans/units on snow. Be sure to see their selection of lesson plans
and ideas for teaching PE in the snow (e.g., Pass the Snowball, Human Sled
Pull, Orienteering, Raid the Snow Fort). For outdoor education information
on how plants and animals live in snowy conditions, check out the link to
the Glacier National Park Environmental Education Guide. There are also a
couple of experiments with snow - some of which are their own and some from
other sites that are already on this Theme Page.
- Here's a Web Quest Junior contestant with lots of information about snow.
Elementary students can read about the ice age (history), learn about hypothermia
(PE&Health), learn more about the science of snow, play games, or engage in
a couple of activities.
- TrackStar is an online interface that allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various Websites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one Website, then move on to the next topic at another Website. The list of
topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on
track. Explorations of the Websites beyond the designated instructional content
are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "snow"
will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding Websites, sequencing the tours)
will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
- Suggestions for some primary level winter activities that include literature
sources, bulletin board ideas, science activities, and crafts.
- A unit on winter storms, complete with interactive components: weather
maker, and winter storm timeline.
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