Today, we dive deep into the blizzard of information about the real stuff that makes up our Winter Wonderlands!
There's an amazing microscopic detail to snowflakes... and Crystallography is an actual science! A great place to learn a little more about it is from Kiddle, the Kids' Encyclopedia. (Which is a wonderful new school tool too!)
The video below shows how these crystallized minis form at the molecular level. (As a literal aside... there are a multitude of other videos on the YouTube right hand sidebar on this page for those of you who just can't get enough!) It also details how over 80+ years, we've gone from being able to identify 21 classifications of 121 different types!
For more on the science & beauty of snowflakes, check out the following resources as you marvel about these miniature works of art the next time it snows:
- Jacqueline Briggs Martin's book "Snowflake Bentley" (detailing the history of the man who first photographed snowflakes in the 1920s, snapping over 5000 snowflakes--never once finding a duplicate.
- ReadWriteThink's lesson plan for using "Snowflake Bentley" as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing
- Activities for the book "Snowflake Bentley" from The HomeSchoolMom
All 3 macro photos of snowflakes from Alexey Kljatov, found at https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/macro-photos-snowflakes-show-impossibly-perfect-designs.html Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=-6zr2eLpduI, The book Snowflake Bentley was purposely put in quotes above to not have it compete visually with the added links. Snowflake Bentley book image from https://www.amazon.com/Snowflake-Bentley-Jacqueline-Briggs-Martin/dp/0547248296