the Matter with My Snow?
BrainPOP.com, an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. To visit the site and watch their two minute Water Cycle movie, click on the icon above. Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.
SnowflakeBentley.com is a wonderful online resource that profiles Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley's life and accomplishments. You can even view Wilson Bentley's photos on this site. Special thanks to Veronica Rodriguez, a fifth grade teacher at Holt Crossing Intermediate School (Grove City, OH), for sending in this link.
Science Court has a water cycle song as well as other science songs. Click on the icon above.
Bell LIVE! has an online game that illustrates the concept of watershed. It's a great way to illustrate what happens when snow melts. Click on the icon above.
Iowa State University offers FREE downloadable software about the water cycle. A great way to connect snow to the water cycle. Click on the icon above.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder provides comprehensive snow information. Particularly recommended are the snow glossary, snow questions and answers, and links to snow crystal images. Click on the icon above.
Books / Other Resources
Snowflake Bentley, a Caldecott Award winning book by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, tells the true story of Wilson Bentley, a humble farmer, who spent a lifetime photographing snowflakes. Wilson Bentley took pictures that even today reveal two important truths about snowflakes: first, that no two are alike, and second, that each one is startlingly beautiful. This story gives children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perserverance, but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. ISBN 0-395-86162-4
Physical Change by Scott Hudson
The Handy Weather Answer Book by Walter A. Lyons, Ph.D. includes hundreds of concise answers to questions related to the weather. ISBN 1-57859-054-X
Biosphere 2000, Third Edition by Don Kaufman and Cecilia Franz has a chapter entitled Water Resources which provides extensive information as well as detailed diagrams illustrating the human role in the water cycle. ISBN 0-7872-5713-3
1001 Questions Answered About the Weather by Frank H. Forrester is a comprehensive resource that provides readers with fascinating answers to weather questions. ISBN 0-486-24218-8
Cycles, Cycles, Cycles by Michael Elsohn Ross describes many of the cycles in nature (seed, water, decomposition, bugs, etc.). It is written and illustrated in a way that kids as well as adults can appreciate and makes for a great classroom read-aloud. A revised version of this book should be out in the spring of 2001. ISBN 0-939666-01-4