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 http://room8-adventuresinkindergarten.blogspot.ca/2012/11/symmetrical-snowflakes.html 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 return 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 http://200awesomedays.blogspot.ca/2012/11/bag-up-manitoba-results-and-snowflakes.html 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!