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Students greet the first snowfall with flurries of excitement, dreams of hitting the slopes, and elaborate plans for the best snowforts. Snow has the power to fascinate and delight, as well as bring hazards and tragedy. It has tremendous impact on human and animal life. As little as an inch is cover for mice from predators, while deeper snow makes mobility for larger animals difficult, and perhaps, deadly. Humans spend millions of dollars to remove it from our roadways. It provides the earth with a blanket of insulation and much needed moisture. Global wind patterns are affected by incoming solar radiation reflected off its white surface.

In this collaborative project, students share data and correspondence with each other in an attempt to gain a better understanding of this remarkable weather phenomenon.

Objectives: The students will:

  • explore phenomena as scientists
  • generate questions, formulate hypotheses, and develop investigation plans
  • collaborate with colleagues
  • use real data
  • use primary sources
  • work with physical materials
  • collect and analyze data that would not be available at a single site
  • explore varying conditions in diverse geographical regions
  • examine patterns and trends
  • utilize technology across curriculum areas
  • recognize the importance of collecting reliable data
  • gain an understanding of basic properties of snow.
  • gain an understanding of winter weather patterns.

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Last update:December 12, 1999