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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday’s Toolbox

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If you are getting buried in snow where you live, why not take a field trip…to your backyard? Investigate snow crystals in their infinite variety, and while you’re at it, take a bowl with you to collect fresh snow as it falls, you’ll want it later.

We’ve all heard the saying, “No two snowflakes are alike.” It’s true. Thanks to the work of a man named Wilson Bentley (1865-1931), the The Buffalo Museum of Science has an impressive digital collection of slides taken of actual snowflakes…and no two are alike. If you’d like to try to catch a few of your own, check out these instructions for making your own snowflake catcher. Then, take out your magnifying glass and see how they compare to these snowflakes viewed under a microscope. When you’re done, find out how snowflakes form and about different types of snowflakes.

Now, go retrieve your bowl of snow and make a treat for everybody: Snow Ice Cream. Yum! That’s what I call uncommon learning.

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1 comment:

  1. Referring to my Toolbox post: Although reading aloud is common, I think its potential in education is vastly underrated.

    We studied 'Snowflake' Bentley's book and found two snow flakes that were identical to within the experimental errors. I think one was on p 43 and the other at the back of his book, but it was years ago so I cannot remember for sure.

    I love how you put together a whole list of great information!

    Do enter this post in 5J's Thirsty Thursdays. It deserves wider exposure.


    Annie Kate


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