Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Building a Snowflake

Download

Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Joyce Shull, Chiron Thompson and Jackie Santanasto

Title

Building a Snowflake

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2.B Know and apply basic procedures described in technical instructions
  • 13.2G; 13.3B, 13.3C,13.3E
Brief Overview Students will make a 3-dimensional snowflake from K’nex toys
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Science
Other standards supported PDE – DGGC, ASCA-NSSCP, PDE-SCEW; 1.1.3A, 1.1.3F, 1.2.3A
Prep Time 25 minutes
Implementation Time 45 minutes
Learning Objectives
  1. Students will be able to explain the shape of a snowflake.
  2. Students will follow instructions to build a 3-dimensional snowflake.
Materials Needed
  • K’nex toys
  • Paper
  • Crayons
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Read Snow by Uri Shuvelitz.
  2. Students will discuss what is special about a snowflake.
  3. Students will draw a snowflake.
  4. Students will read directions and build a snowflake with K’nex toys.
Theory basis Experiential Learning Theory
Evaluation/Assessment
  1. Students will compare snowflakes and explain how they are alike and how they are different.
  2. Teacher will evaluate the student’s ability to read and follow directions.
Comments
  • Students can pair off to build snowflakes.
  • Remind student that although in nature, snowflakes are unique, K’nex snowflakes will look alike in structure.
Enhancement Activities Grow a snow crystal. (www.snowcrystals.net)

Q & A on snow. (www.nsidc.org)

Variety of snow activities. (www.pocanticohills.org/1stgrade/snow/books.htm)

Dream Snow
by Eric Carle
Adaptation for at risk kids Adapt per IEP
Resources

Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

570-326-3761
800-367-9222

© 1995 Pennsylvania College of Technology. Penn College® and degrees that work® are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.