Science Sunday – Winter Weather

Science Sunday: Winter Weather

iceWinter can be a fun time to go skiing, sledding, and ice skating; to build snowmen and snow forts; and to have snowball fights. Those of us in the northern part of the United States often experience cold temperatures, freezing rain, snow, and ice. Sometimes we even have a snow day which cancels school. It’s fascinating to learn more about snow and other types of winter weather.

See if you can answer these questions using the resources linked below: (This type of investigation is called a “webquest”, and you often learn loads of other information while searching for the answers to specific questions.)

  • How do snowflakes form?
  • What part of the Earth has no seasons? Why?
  • Explain why the South Pole is colder than the North Pole even though both poles get the same amount of sunlight.
  • What is the name of the world’s largest glacier and where is it located? How big is it?
  • Explain the difference between freezing rain and sleet.
  • What do scientists use to determine if an expected combination of cold temperatures and wind will cause a person’s skin to freeze?
  • What is the difference between “snow showers” and “snow squalls”?
  • Name at least three things that a snowstorm must have in order to be classified as a “blizzard”.
  • Of “Winter Weather Watch”, “Winter Weather Warning”, and “Winter Weather Advisory” which is the most serious and requires that you take immediate action?
  • Develop a winter safety plan for your family’s car and home. What would you include in the plan to protect yourself and your pets?

snow plowRead About It

Time for Kids: Winter Weather:
How Do Snowflakes Form?
What Causes the Seasons?: University of Illinois Tree House Weather Kids:
“Which Pole is Colder?”, NASA Climate Kids:
“Ten Interesting Things About Glaciers”, NASA Climate Kids:
Definitions of Winter Weather:
Wind Chill: University of Illinois Tree House Weather Kids:
Winter Storms:
Scholastic Weather Watch – Winter Weather:
Severe Weather 101:
Staying Safe in Winter:
Red Cross:

snowy fieldWatch & Learn

Science BrainPop Jr. Winter Weather:
What Is A Blizzard:
How a Weather Forecast Is Made:
Meet JPSS, high tech weather satellites:

Play & Learn

Scholastic’s Winter Weather Experiments (DIY Snow Crystals; Frozen Bubbles, Snow Prediction, Mitten Magic, & Blubber Glove):
Snowman Eruption:
21 Winter Science Experiments for Kids:
Be a Weather Reporter! How to Measure and Report Freezing Precipitation to the National Weather Service:

corgi in snowGames

Precipitation Simulator (Make it snow!)
Juggle Snow Pellets and Make Lightning:
Dress for the Weather:
Clouds Memory Game:
Sid the Science Kid “Weather Surprise”:
Build an Emergency Kit Game:
Grow Snow Crystals:

Fun Activities

Make your own fake snow:
Snow Slime:
Snow Candy:
30 Fun Winter Crafts:
Coffee Filter Painted Snowflakes:
16 Easy Winter Crafts for Kids:

aerial photo of snowy treesWinter Coloring Pages

Winter Dot to Dot:

Winter Weather Word Search:

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