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The Story of Snow: The Science of…

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

by Mark Cassino, Jon Nelson

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This book examples how snow is formed: tiny snow crystals that stick together. It explains how these crystals start forming, the different shapes and structures, and what happens when they fall. This book also includes an activity that involves catching your own snow crystals. This books has wonderful images of magnified snow crystals.
This book is a good example of an informational book because it is full of information about snow. The book sets out to explain the basics of snow and how the smaller parts, snow crystals, form. This informational book provides thorough explanations that are still understandable for elementary students and vivid pictures to demonstrate what is being discussed.
Media: watercolor and ink
Age Appropriateness: Late Primary- Intermediate
  khofer15 | Feb 13, 2017 |
in-depth discussion of how snow is formed, the shapes it takes, and the different way it is formed.
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  TUCC | Sep 16, 2016 |
Snow seems to captivate people of all ages, and this book would draw students in to read and learn. Key vocabulary include water vapor, particle, crystal, and bacteria. This book could support NGSS standard #4 analyzing and interpreting data. Students could look at each picture of snowflakes in the book and go outside and draw pictures of snowflakes they see. Once they collect the pictures and drawings they could compare and contract the snowflakes asking questions like, how are they similar? How are the flakes different? ( )
  jdaniel14 | Sep 8, 2016 |
4.5 stars. Stunning. Lots of stuff I didn't know, and I'm a fan of science, and grew up in NW Wisconsin. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This informational book is not necessarily for young kids but can be adapted during a read aloud. It explains how snow begins - in the form of a speck. It goes on to explain that the speck eventually creates a snow crystal with itself in the middle and it continues growing and forming as it falls. The book provides real pictures of snow crystals in their various forms - stars, plates, and columns - and describes how every snow crystal has six arms or six sides, however, a twin is what a snow crystal with twelve arms is called. The authors describe how snow crystals are rarely perfect and can have bumps; they go on to explain how many snow crystals stuck together form a snowflake. At the end it describes why snow crystals melt when they come in contact with anything here, that no two snow crystals are alike, and the book is wrapped up by a little information on how to catch and look at your very own snow crystal. ( )
  Miss_Annie_O | Oct 20, 2015 |
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How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.

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This book about the science of snow features photos of snow crystals in their beautiful diversity and includes how snow crystals are formed into different shapes and snow-crystal-catching instructions in the back of the book.

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