Thematic Units - Ice & Snow Fun

Ice & Snow Fun

You will find various Lesson Plans on the top portion of this page.
Further down, you will find Web Sites.
At the bottom of the page, you will find Books that you can order directly from!

Lesson Plans & Activities

A Blizzard of Winter Lesson Plans Grades Various
Brrr! Winter is in the air! To help you celebrate the start of the winter season, we have shoveled up more than 50 cross-curricular activities! Included: Lessons about winter folklore, snowmen, the winter solstice, and more!

Antarctica Grades 6-8
An exciting virtual field trip to Antarctica that takes place on the Internet. Part of Discovery Channel School’s lesson plans.

Avalanche! Grades 6-8
Students will learn about the physical science aspect of this event.

Dream Snow Grades 2-4
The students will add more details and adjectives to their writing.

Expanding on Ice Grades 6-8
Find out what happens to solids and liquids when they change from one form to the other. Especially look for what happens to liquid water as it changes from a liquid to a solid and from a solid to a liquid.

Ice Energy Grades Elementary
To prepare some of our favorite foods, such as ice cream, birthday cakes, and even barbecued steaks, we rely on chemical reactions. Some of these reactions occur when food ingredients combine, while others result from cooking or cooling processes. When we understand how science affects foods, we can create tasty new recipes.

Ice Surfing - How do ice surfers go so fast? Grades Middle School
Grab your board and hit the beach-it's surfing time again. But instead of baggies and a tank top, you might want to put on a parka and thermal socks, because the kind of surfing we're talking about only happens on solid water. That's right, the topic is ice surfing, and it's the hottest sport on frozen lakes around the world.

Let it Snow! Grades K-3
Concepts: How snow affects us our lives; what we wear in the snow, activities we can enjoy in the snow.

Making Ice Cream Grades Any
Your class can explore the history of ice cream and dairy products, the chemistry of ice, salt and exothermic reactions, or use it an exercise in the scientific method: what if you make the following recipe without salt?

Snow Journals Grades 3-12
Students will observe the natural world and come to conclusions about those observations.

Snow Science Art Grades K-8
Students will enjoy making snow crystals that really stand out on dark construction paper.

Snowball Family Grades K-1
Read the book "Snowballs" to the children. Talk about the different kinds of snow families in the book.

Water and Ice Grades K-2
"This lesson is the first in a three-part series that addresses a concept that is central to the understanding of the water cycle—that water is able to take many forms but is still water."

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Web Sites

Be sure to visit our Winter Activities page for more great resources!

32 Snow Activities for Kids This Winter
A collection of fun ideas.

Ice and Snow
Click on the Words and Pictures to Explore Ice and Snow.

Snow Activities
10 fun and creative snow activities for kids (outside and inside).

Snow School
Snow School is a non-commercial, science based education program.

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A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder
by Walter Wick

All You Need for a Snowman
by Alice Schertle

Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America
by Jim Murphy

Blizzard's Wake
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Dream Snow
by Eric Carle

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! (Everything Kids Series)
by Tom Mark Robinson

Field Guide to Snow Crystals
by Edward R. Lachapelle

Flakes and Flurries: A Book About Snow (Amazing Science: Weather)
by Josepha Sherman

Hooray For Antarctica!
by April Pulley Sayre

Icebergs and Glaciers
by Seymour Simon

Icebergs, Ice Caps, and Glaciers (Rookie Read-About Science)
by Allan Fowler

It's Snowing! It's Snowing!
by Jack Prelutsky

It's Winter (Celebrate the Seasons)
by Linda Glaser

Names for Snow
by Judi K. Beach

Once upon Ice: And Other Frozen Poems
by Jane Yolen

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
by Wendy Pfeffer

by P.D. Eastman

Snow and Ice (Living With the Weather)
by Philip Steele

Snow Bear
by Piers Harper

Snow Crystals
by W. A. Bentley

Snow Day
by Mercer Mayer

Snow Music
by Lynne Rae Perkins

Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children
by Jane Yolen

by Lois Ehlert

Snowflake Bentley
by Mary Azarian

Snowflakes in Photographs
by W. A. Bentley

Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn Buehner

Straight to the Pole
by Kevin O'Malley

When Winter Comes
by Nancy Van Laan

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