Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Nature Study: Snow

1/21/09

1/21/09

1/21/09
We have had lots of fun with snow as our nature study topic. We have looked at snow crystals, and looked at tracks in the snow. There were a couple of activities with snow that we haven't done yet  suggested on The Handbook of Nature Study blog that I thought we would try as soon as it snowed. Last night the snow began to fall, so it was perfect timing for us to complete those activities.






First we collected some snow in a measuring cup and then we let it melt. I asked for predictions on how much water made up that cup of snow. The general consensus was that there was probably twice as much snow as there would be water once it melted. We were astonished, however, to find that there was a little less than 1/4 of a cup of water in the cup once the snow melted.













Then we took the water and filtered it through a coffee filter. Use a hand lens to examine the particles left in the filter. We only found a few grains of dirt particles. It was pretty clean snow! We will try these experiments when it snows again and see if the results vary any.



6 comments:

  1. I'm glad you got to have some fun with snow!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love the looking glass photos! I thought we maybe were going to get a dusting last night, but the weather warmed up. We walked yesterday in some sleet feeling rain mist. Close? Great Study!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow! This is an amazing study. So much fun and creativity.

    ReplyDelete
  4. That looks pretty cool. Almost makes me wish there was snow here, almost.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The melted snow lab was pretty interesting. We found that if you took different snow from different storms you even got varied results. Thanks so much for sharing your study and the really great photos. Can I use one for the OHC Photo of the Week?

    I am so glad you are working through the challenges again this year or at least updating.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Interesting about the few grains of snow on the filter! We can't wait to do our Cattail and Snow walk this coming Wednesday! (We're a week behind! LOL)

    Jessy
    http://oursideofthemtn.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It means so much.