Tuesday, January 24, 2012


The purpose of my experiment was twofold.

Number One

We have been studying The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and I wanted to highlight the part in the story where Peter takes a snowball into his house to save it for later.

I got a clear glass and took it outside. We scooped snow into it. I explained to the class that this glass is like Peter's pocket. We would take it indoors and check on it later.

We put it aside, and resumed our learning. After activity centre time was over, we checked on our "pocket" of snow.

No surprises here.
Like every good Canadian child, my students are well-versed in the snow-melting phenomena.

Number Two

My students eat snow. They lick it, suck on their mittens, toss handfuls of snow into the air and catch it in their mouths.

So I decided to show them what their pure white yummy snow is really made out of.
I passed around the cup, and had the children peek inside.

"Who wants to drink this glass of water?" I asked.
Surprisingly, no one did.
"This is what goes into your stomach when you eat snow."

"I don't eat snow."
"I don't either."
"I never eat snow. But my brother does."

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laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Cute idea..of course, here in Alabama I don't know where I would get snow! lol =)
First Grade Blue Skies

Anita said...

Jennifer- I could mail some to you if you'd like :) Maybe I'll make that my next giveaway!

Tarra Mackelson said...

I laughed when I read this post! My firsties are always sucking on their mittens, and I am sure they would be completely grossed out if they knew what was in the 'clean white snow'!

Thanks for sharing and making me smile!


Lisa Howard said...

hysterical and genius. This needs to be done with every snowy weather-climate class! I am doing it with my own children today. Seriously. Thanks for sharing


Mrs. Bailey said...

Too funny! If we ever get some snow down here in Georgia I will definitely have to do this.

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