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Let It Snow!



  • Arts & Humanities
  • Science


  • Pre K
  • K-2
  • 3-5


Brief Description

Make the most of the season's first snowfall with a snowflake study!


Students will

  • create original snowflakes from paper.
  • collect authentic snowflakes on paper.
  • examine and compare snowflakes.


snow, winter, snowflake

Materials Needed

  • a snowy day (optional)
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • black construction paper
  • magnifying glasses (optional)
  • microscope and slides (optional)

Lesson Plan

Take advantage of a "teachable moment" when the first snow falls in your town and show your students the amazing array of patterns snowflakes display. Introduce this activity by distributing white paper and scissors and asking students to create a snowflake. You may give simple instructions, but encourage the students to make their own unique designs. If you need a few snowflake samples to refresh your memory, check out the links below:

Once the snowflakes have been cut, have the students open them up and compare their shapes and sizes. How are the snowflakes similar and different? Discuss the students' findings. Like the students' snowflakes, real snowflakes are also unique. Share some snow facts:

  • Snowflakes have different shapes, but most consider the six-pointed star a true "snowflake."
  • Like people, although snowflakes may be similar, no two are exactly alike.
  • Snowflakes are made of ice crystals.
  • Billions of snowflakes may fall in a snowstorm.

Now put on coats and hats and go outdoors. Pass out pages of black paper for the students to use as "snowflake catchers" and magnifying glasses (if you choose). Have the students catch a few snowflakes in midair and compare them. Allow the students to compare their snowflakes with those of class members. As they investigate the snowflakes, ask them to count the sides of the flakes and identify any that appear to match. For a more in-depth study of snowflakes, your students may use microscopes and "save" snowflakes on slides with hair spray. How to Save Snowflakes has the details.

Upon wrapping up the outdoor activities, discuss the students' observations. How many sides did today's snowflakes have? How many students found similar flakes? How were they different?


Assessment will be accomplished through observation of the student investigations and their participation in discussion.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Cara Bafile

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines


NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
GRADES 5 - 8
NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science



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Updated: 1/13/2015