February 5, 2016

Snow Science in Kindergarten

A few weeks ago I saw a post on Instagram from Amanda at Kinders and Coffee. (love her blog name - I feel like we could be best friends LOL). She posted a video of making snow in her class. 

It was perfect timing for me to see because I had happened to bring home this book from my classroom to prepare for a science experiment. This book was a little above level for my kinders, but perfect for older kids. I love that it has real images for them to see snow crystals up close!

I have always wanted to make snow crystals in my classroom and right now there is a single kit on scholastic book clubs. See it here, I snagged it using my points. But since that will be a whole group science experiment I felt we all needed to do a hands on experiment. 

I purchased snow powder from Steve Spangler Science. It was cheaper than what I saw elsewhere. (Unless you have Amazon Prime) I purchased the powder for $10 - it makes 3 gallons.

Time to experiment. BUT! We are scientists. So first we need to accomplish some things before we jump right into our experiment. 
FIRST - we observed. We used our sense of smell (make sure you waft) and sight. We threw around some ideas of what the substances were. 

THEN - I explained that we would be combining these two substances. I asked them to make predictions of what would happen. 

LAST - we conducted our experiment (with shouts of joy) and described what happened.

(Follow me on Instagram to check out our video!)

Afterwards we discussed our results, and we packed up our snow to take home and show our families.

We also watched a video for the book Snowflake Bently. It was fun learning about the first person to take picture of snowflakes!


Another wonderfully scientific day in K!

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