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INFOhio Blizzard Bags - Grades 4-5: Locating Information

Students follow the six dimensions of inquiry as they read, investigate and complete the activities. Ohio's learning standards are integrated into the activities.


  1. Every snowflake begins as a six-sided ice crystal. Look around your house, school, or outside to find more things that have six sides. Make a list of your findings. (20-30 minutes)
  2. Brainstorm a list of 8-10 keywords or phrases that you could use to search for information about winter. (15-20 minutes)
  3. Use ISearch to locate 3-5 articles about snow, ice crystals, snowflakes, Wilson Bentley, or any other snow-related topics. Be sure to check the Lexile to see whether it is in your reading range. Read and take brief notes on the content of the articles.  (30-60 minutes) 
  4. Read the article “Dirty Snow increases snow melt speed” from Science Online. (5-10 minutes)
  5. Wilson Bentley used technology to learn more about snowflakes. Use ISearch to locate some information about  microscopes, photography, magnification, and related topics. (Hint: The Basic Encyclopedias tab is a good place to start.)   (10-30 minutes) 
  6. Visit SnowCrystals to view photographs of snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena and to read more information about snow. (10-30 minutes) 
  7. Use ISearch to find information on the average climate in Ohio and in Vermont. Create a chart that compares the statistics on climate in both states. (20-45 minutes) 
  1. Use ISearch to locate and read the article, “Seeing a Snowflake.” Click the PDF full text link to view the pictures in the article. (15-30 minutes) 
  1. Snowstorms and blizzards are common occurrences in parts of the world. Use ISearch to locate information about them, including descriptions and significant snowstorms/blizzards in the United States. (30-60 minutes)

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