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Lesson Plan: Snowflakes

Subject:  Science

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To learn what snowflakes are and how they are formed

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1- .Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.




  • What are snowflakes?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Snowflakes are formed in the winter or when the air is very cold.
  • Snowflakes are beautiful to look at and every snowflake is different!
  • People often make snowflakes out of paper by folding the paper and cutting different pieces out.  Raise your hand if you have ever made a paper snowflake.
  • Today, you are going to be learning more about how snowflakes are formed. 
  • How do you think snowflakes are formed?  (Allow the students to answer)
  • Snowflakes are a type of precipitation, just like rain, sleet or hail is.
  • People have taken a lot of time to learn about snowflakes and how and when they are formed. 
  • It is important for people to know when it is going to snow so that they can get ready for the snow.
  • Once you know how snowflakes are formed, you can share the information that you learned with all of your family and friends so that they will know about snowflakes also.
  • You are now going to read about snowflakes.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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