It’s Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday!
After a glorious day in the snow yesterday, snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain, it seemed the topic of the day should be snow, glorious snow!
Two nonfiction picture books helped us understand how snow forms. I shared both of these with my class this morning. My class is a Grade 2/3 class and we were able to understand the text with lots of support and time for questions. The illustrations, charts and diagrams really helped.
The Snow Show by Carolyn Fisher (published 2008) This book is written like the reader is visiting a set of a cooking show. What’s on the menu? A recipe for snow! Not only did we learn a LOT about snow, the kids loved when I cued “Applause” and they got to clap! Some new information for us:
- snow begins with a speck (of dirt, dust, or ash) that water vapour sticks to
- snow crystals can also be in the shape of needles, columns or plates
The Story of Snow: the Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson (published 2009) The close up photographs on these pages are absolutely stunning. The children couldn’t believe that snow looked like this when the crystals were magnified. They loved the pages in the back filled with “snow catching” tips and are wishing hard for a snow day so we can race outside with black heavy paper and magnifying glasses. What amazing facts did we learn?
- no two snowflakes are alike but also, snow crystals are rarely perfect
- snow crystals are 6 sided because of the nature of water: water molecules attach themselves in groups of 6
- snow crystals stop growing once they fall from the clouds
Of course, a great companion book for these titles would be a favourite title of mine: Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian (published 1998 and a Caldecott winner in 1999).
My original goal was to read 60 “new to me” nonfiction picture books for 2013. Progress: 12/60 complete 🙂
Thanks to Alyson from KidLit Frenzy for the opportunity to participate in this challenge.