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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.

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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