We've had snow much fun this week! Not that it snowed. It didn't. Hailing from the great state of Georgia, I learned young that snow is a rarity. My babies know this as well. I mean, if you want to see some folks go crazy, you send some Southern folks a good snow. It doesn't matter if it's just a light dusting. School is cancelled and wet, soggy, dirty snow angels are made. So the best way to enjoy snow every year, because we love it so well, is to make our own. And that's just what we did these past two days. And, yes, we had snow much fun! Well, except for the kid who brought the walkie-talkies, the one who decided it was a good idea to do cart wheels in the room, and the one who decided that a game of around-the-world was worthy of screaming as much like a frightened little girl as possible. These things and a couple more caused us to have a bonafide sit down come to Jesus talk... yeeeaahh, we had a good two days back. Eesh... but I digress.

Every year when we come back from Christmas Break, I love sharing the book, Snowflake Bentley, with my students. It never fails to simply amaze them. This year, we did a few new activities to go along with the book. The first was a fun writing activity about if they lived in a snowglobe. These turned out quite funny. Oh! And there's even a super cute song about wanting to live in a snowglobe (Snowglobe by Matt Wertz) that I downloaded from iTunes and let the kids hear as they wrote. It was so sweet watching them write and listening to them sing along! (I'm glad I've had moments like that this year or else, well, I really wouldn't want to go back to work). Here are a couple of examples:

Too cute. Here's the
Word attachment for the color template if you'd like. And hereis the attachment for the writing page.

We then practiced making our own snowflakes and made a snowflake fact book... well, more like "I better see at least THREE FACTS written down!" type of fact book. Here are what they looked like. They look lovely hanging in the hallway with the snowglobes!

Our final snowflake activity (well, for this week) had to be my favorite. It was simple and ended up being so much cooler than I thought it was going to be. Our standard we're working on in math is about plane and geometric shapes. So I found a video on UnitedStreaming titled "Mathica's Mathshop: Winter Wonders." In the beginning of the video Mathica is making snowflakes out of plane shapes and asks if a similar shape can be made using fewer shapes and then more shapes. So, after the video we tried our own hand at making pattern block snowflakes. The kids did a great job!! See for yourself!

This kid thought he'd take the easy way out and draw a symbol of what he used instead of writing out the word as he was told to do... I mean, who want's to WRITE? Geez, teacher.