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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.


Complete the three activities to complete to help you find more information about snow.

  1. Brainstorm a list of 8-10 keywords or phrases that you could use to search for information about winter. Then, use ISearch to locate at least 2 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 record what you learn in your KWL chart.  (30-60 minutes) 
  2. Watch the video "Dirty Snowballs in Space" from Science Online. Record new information on your KWL chart. (45 minutes)
  3. Visit Snow Crystals to view photographs of snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena and to read more information about snow. (10-30 minutes) 
  4. Use ISearch to locate to locate and read more about Wilson Bentley and his work in the article "Snowflake Savant."    

  5. Use World Book Student to find and read an article about how snow forms. (30-40 minutes)

Wall, Marni. snowmen.jpg. 2014. Pics4Learning. 20 Nov 2018

KWL Chart

Use a KWL chart to record "What I know" about snow and "What I want to learn" about snow.  In Column 3, write new information you discover under "What I have learned."