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The Snowflake Man: Wilson Bentley

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This Year’s First Snow

‘Frosty The Snowman’ is a well-known figure, but there is another snow-man who deserves increased public recognition. Wilson A. Bentley, better known as The Snowflake Man, was a self-taught scientist who photographed over 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime in order to study them. This part scientist, part artist, devoted his life to his photography-based research, which helped him determine “no two snowflakes are alike,” a phrase now commonly used and accepted as scientific fact.

Recommended Books:

  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Caldecott Medal)
  • Snow Crystals by W. A. Bentley
  • Snowflakes in Photographs by W. A. Bentley
  • The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
  • Snow Is Falling by Franklyn Mansfield Branley (Let’s Read And Find Out Science 1)
  • Fletcher And The Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson
  • The Snowflake Sisters by Patrick J. Lewis
  • It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
  • Snow by Cynthia Rylant
  • Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  • Zooflakes by Will C. Howell

Activities:

Examine a Snowflake ~ catch a snowflake on a black card stock sheet and take a closer look at it with a magnifying glass.

In So Many Words ~ using this template of a snowflake with lines, write a few things that come to mind when you think of a snowflake

Fact or Opinion? ~ using this form, discuss difference between the two and why the statement “no two snowflakes are alike” is considered fact

KWL form ~ use this form to discuss snow or snowflakes (before, during, after lesson action)

Symmetric Snowflake ~ although no two snowflakes are alike, you can show how they are symmetrical in shape (this form or fold templates in half):

Little snowflake, say good-bye to your cloud home in the sky. Swirl and spin without a sound, as you float down to the ground. Ride a chilly winter breeze, past the rooftops, past the trees. Softly settle on the ground, with more snowflakes all around. ~ Barbara Wood

Make Snow Ice Cream:

ice cream bowlGather eight cups of clean, fresh snow and place in a large bowl. Add one can of sweetened condensed milk and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until well blended and serve. You can add sprinkles, chocolate sauce or any other topping you’d like.

Enjoy!

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Spanish:

snow = la nieve

snowflake = copo de nieve

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