Drawing Snowflakes using the Science, Art and Math of Snow Crystals

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Description

Why are no two snowflakes alike?  We’ve all heard that phrase, but what makes them different? 

Students will learn the science and math behind a snowflake.  What makes snowflakes unique?  How do snow crystals get their design?

Then students will use Expressive Monkey’s fun drawing pages to design their own snowflake. 

This terrific lesson includes a presentation about snowflakes, a technique demonstration for an art project and all the handouts you need to review vocabulary, make snowflake drawings, and assess students.

The presentation includes information about how the temperature and humidity effects the design of a snowflake and photomicrographs by W. A. Bentley that students can examine to see examples of snow crystal designs.

If you would like more information from the presentation, take a look at my blog post:

Why are no two Snowflakes are Alike?

Your students will:

  • Fill out a pre-assessment about how snowflakes are made.
  • Watch a Presentation about how the temp. and humidity creates different snowflake designs
  • Fill out a post-assessment about how snowflakes are made.
  • Review science and math vocabulary with the definition sheet and word wall words.
  • Learn how to use a protractor & ruler to make 6 arms of a snowflake.
  • Use design ideas to make a snowflake design using radial symmetry.
  • Use a color media to add color to the snowflake background.
  • Fill out a label and rubric.

INTEGRATE:

  • Science - molecules of water
  • Science - weather
  • Math - fractals
  • Math - hexagon
  • Math - degrees of circle/use of protractor
  • Writing - summarize learning

What You Get:

  • Snowflake Presentation (34 pages)
  • Technique Demonstration (18 pages) - oil pastels and tissue paper + oil pastels and watercolors/salt
  • Teacher Instructions (5 pages)
  • Pre/Post Assessment (1 page)
  • Definitions (1 page)
  • Rubrics and Labels (3 pages)
  • Word Wall Words (8 pages)
  • Drawing Activity (7 pages) - Includes Roll & Draw and Choice Drawing Pages

77 pages of resources to help make this fun and easy for you to teach, and take the stress out of falling snow.

If you want to make things simpler, you can just have students draw snowflakes, for a spontaneous lesson, and just color the background with crayons or colored pencils.  If you want to do the technique from the technique demonstration, then you will need either oil pastels (white) and tissue paper, or oil pastels (white) and watercolors & salt.

Don’t forget, you can see a little more info about how snowflakes get their design in my blog post:

Why are no two Snowflakes are Alike?

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