Sunday, 9 December 2012

Snowflake Shadows

Last week our students were really appreciative to find a response to our "Snowflake Surprises" post from Mrs. Lowe's class in Winnipeg Manitoba.  They too were working on snowflakes and sent us a link to their class blog at for inspiration.

Here is what they did with math pattern blocks which they showcased in their "Symmetrical Snowflakes" post:

Our students were very interested to try this out on our light table, overhead projectors, and on our math carpet.  We thought that we would visit the library first and ask our librarian if we could use some more books to inspire our pattern block snowflake creations.  Our librarian (Mrs. Reeves) is nothing short of amazing!  She always has the right book(s) available at the exact moment that we need them!  And believe me, we visit her a lot with all of our new wonders...

Mrs. Reeves suggested "Here Comes Jack Frost" as another way to encourage students to revisit their initial theories about snowflakes and snow and see if they had adjusted or developed any new theories.

After we read the story the geometric creations and snowflake shadows began to take form:

Our students continue to place "stop" signs when they want to preserve
their work and add to it at a later time. 

We thank our friends in Mrs. Lowe's class for providing us with our most recent snowflake spark!  If you would like to join our "We Can See" project, we would be happy to provide you with all of the information for logging in.

This coming week we plan to visit Mrs. Malkoske's blog from Winnipeg, Manitoba to continue to improve our snowflake shadows.

Are you learning about snowflakes, snow, or winter?  We would really love to hear about it!


  1. We are trying hard to keep up!! We did a snow inquiry today after reading your story and looking closely at the pics. We also made a plan for a book about snow and wrote it. Now our teacher just has to learn how to use imovie and create a blog (Is the easiest way to share stories?) so we can share it with your class!! It was very exciting writing the story. Thank-you for the idea :).

    1. I would love to read about your snow inquiry! Keep us posted!!

  2. Your snowflakes are very nice.
    We made some snowflakes just like yours.
    It wasn't hard to do.
    I made pretty snowflakes too.
    Mrs. Harrison & Mrs. Coombes K class

    1. Thank you for your comment Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Coombe's K Class!

      We loved your snowflakes that you made and shared on pic collage.


      Ms. Babalis and Mrs. Ham's Class