Snow Business

Well, the sun has started teasing us here on the west coast while much of the rest of the country continues to deal with wintry weather. If you haven’t had too much snow yet, here are a couple more links to explore.

From snow facts to ice caves and frost, this Science of Snow ThinkQuest site is full of fascinating facts and great visuals.


And for pictures of snow from a unique perspective, visit NOAA’s Snow Cover site.


Patterns in Nature

National Geographic’s  Photo Gallery Patterns in Nature: Snow and Ice provides some amazing visuals and brief scientific details of … snow and ice.  🙂

So whether you are tired of the snow drifts or have never seen a snowflake up close, I would encourage a visit to this site. You might be surprised about what you learn.


* * * Let it SNOW * * *

With weeks of winter weather still ahead, this is a great time of year to continue to explore the topic of snow, especially if you live in an area where your students can actually observe these cold crystals/flakes/powder/slush… Watching and experimenting with the many forms of snow can provide students insights into scientific topics like the water cycle and connections between temperature and precipitation forms.

The following picture books can help you and your students explore the many aspects of the topic Snow!

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter…

When the snow comes to cover the ground, all sorts of exciting scientific opportunities abound! is an amazing site to explore all about snow crystals, snowflakes, and other ice phenomena. This site has wonderful photo galleries, information about historic snowflakes and snowflake physics, activities, snowflake books, and much more!

In addition to these natural weather creations, you can also learn about “designer snowflakes” and watch snow crystals grow.

After experiencing even some of what has to offer, I imagine you (like Snowflake Bentley) will never see the white world of winter quite the same again.

Vermont should be beautiful this time of year…

… with all that snow!

Although we may have already had our few snowfalls of the season here in the valley in western Oregon, January always brings to mind snowflakes: icy, pure white real ones floating down from the sky as well as the larger variety intricately cut from paper.

Snow is a fun topic to learn about this time of year, and Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a great place to start! This story provides a unique look at snowflakes through the life of Wilson Bentley, a farmer and photographer from Vermont.

Additional information about Bentley can be found at

and for fun, you can also visit the Make-a-Flake website to create your own unique virtual snowflakes.

Happy New Year!