for Snow Day
The students will locate different
cities on a map. (This lesson is to be combined
with the Math Lesson.)
link or a printout of Average
of paper with the name of a city/state and the average
snowfall written on it for the decided upon month, one
piece per student or pair of students.
These pieces of paper should be in a container
from which the students may draw. Try to pick a
variety of cities, representing both large and small
large map of the United States
different colors of small post-it notes or pieces of
construction paper. (White, light blue, and
green, for example.) The size of the paper will
depend on the size of the map being used. For a
typical large classroom map, use a piece of paper
approximately 1/2" square. (If the map is
on a bulletin board, use color coded push pins,
instead of paper.)
in the Math Lesson,
have the students pick a piece of paper containing a
city/state and its average snowfall.
as a class what the key for the map will be as far as
colors of paper (or push pins) representing the
average snowfalls. For example, cities with an
average snowfall of 5" or less = green paper,
5-10" = light blue paper, and 10" or greater
= white paper.
the students take turns reading the name of their city
and the average snowfall. Work together as a
class to locate the cities on the large map. The
students will then select the proper color paper and
attach it to the map on their city's location.
each student has had a turn, interpret the map.
What parts of the country seem to have the greater
average snowfalls? Which parts have the least?
the following link to look further in to United
States' Snowfall Patterns, The
the average snowfall for the students' home city.
the record snowfall for the students' home city.
What year was it? Make a time line showing other
events in relation to the record snowfall.