Let It Snow

snowflake Snowflake Bentley WebQuest
 
 
INTRODUCTION

Did you know that Wilson Bentley was a farmer, a scientist, and a photographer?  He took pictures of hundreds of snowflakes each year and put them into a book called Snow Crystals.

TASK

You will use Internet sites to find information about Wilson Bentley and look at some of his snowflake photographs to help you discover how each snowflake is both similar and different.

PROCESS

You are now ready to begin your quest for information about Wilson Bentley! Print a copy  "Snowflake Bentley Webquest Activities" (scroll to the bottom of this page), or your teacher may provide you with this.  You will search for the answers to the questions using the internet links listed at the top of each section. Write the answer to each question in a complete sentence. Click on each SNOWFLAKE to read information and find the answers to the questions.

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Vermont History

1.  Who was Wilson Bentley?

2.  When did Wilson Bentley live?  

3.  Where did he live?

4.  What was his nickname?

5.  Wilson Bentley was the first person to________.
 

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Snowflake Bentley

1.  Who was the author of the book Snowflake Bentley?

2.  What award did this book receive in 1999?

3.  How would you describe Wilson Bentley?

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Wilson Bentley Snowflakes

Click on each of the snowflakes.
1.  What did you notice about the snowflakes?   
 

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Original Camera

2.  How are our cameras different from the camera Snowflake Bentley used?

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Photographer of Snowflakes

1.  How did Wilson Bentley describe snowflakes?   

2.  How many snowflakes did Wilson Bentley photograph?   

3.  Why do you think Wilson Bentley took pictures of snowflakes?  

  RAGS TO RICHES : Go to this Website to test your knowledge about Snowflake Bentley.

http://www.quia.com/rr/29006.html


Extension Activities :

*Write an informational paragraph about Snowflake Bentley OR write 8

  facts about Snowflake Bentley.

*Write a poem about Wilson Bentley.

*Write a poem about snow.

*Make at least 2 different paper snowflakes.
EVALUATION

Stayed on Task                                                                              10 points
Correct Answers                                                             20 points
Answered in Complete Sentences                                     20 points
Informational Paragraph or 8 facts                                    20 points
Poem                                                                            20 points
Paper snowflake                                                             10 points
 

CONCLUSION                                                                                                                                                                                                 You have learned many facts about Wilson Bentley and snowflakes. Through this web quest, you have also learned how to follow directions for completing a project, how to stay on a topic (main idea) when writing a paragraph, and to practice writing creatively. Congratulations!