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Winter Facts Scavenger Hunt

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1. What is the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth? Brrr.....

Burrow into this query - What was the coldest temperature recorded in your state?


2. List five kinds of snow crystals.



3. Is snow edible? (What does edible mean?)


What is a snow squall? How can they be dangerous?


4. If the wind speed is 15 MPH and the temperature is -5° (minus five degrees) Fahrenheit, what is the wind chill?

Suppose the temperature remains the same. What impact does an decreasing wind speed have on wind chill?


5. How many centuries ago did people first ice skate?


6. One form of sledding is the luge. What natural force slows the luge?


7. What is the winter sport of Skeleton?


How fast do they go? Use your online research skills to find the answer.


8. What is the winter solstice?


9. When was the most recent ice age in North America?


10. How do glaciers change the land they cross? (research the answer)


11. The Iditarod is an annual race that depends on wintery weather.
What do you think is unusual or unique about the race?


12. Name one step to take if you are caught in an avalanche.


13. Hypothermia is defined as when your core body temperature goes below normal for you.
If you are becoming hypothermic you would show the "umbles" signs. What are the umble signs ?


14. Winter is a good time to study glaciology. What is glaciology?



15. The prediction of graupel was good news to the winter festival sledding committee. Explain.
(Use your online research skills to develop an answer.)



"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind." Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

Finished Already?

blue dot Which would freeze first: hot water or cold water? Write your hypothesis.

Now learn the answer ... Conduct an experiment at home to see if you get the same results.

Compile the results of each person in the class. What are the group’s findings?


blue dot Winter Song Photo Story | blue dot Winter Scene Writing activity 3rd - 6th

blue dot Tell the story of Polly Cooper and the Oneida people during the winter at Valley Forge

blue dot Science Observation Activity - A Wintery Hole | Needles | Steps | Roadside mess | Winter Mystery

blue dot Hone your Descriptive Writing skills using a work of art by Fern Isabel Coppedge - 7th up

blue dot Words from Art and Illustrations activity | blue dot Explore Earth's Polar Regions

blue dot Gather a bunch (25 or more) wintery words. Use them to make a crossword puzzle.

blue dot On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea - explore polar science

blue dot Let it snow! describe snow | blue dot Visit the Tundra Facts web site.

blue dot What is important about -273° Celsius? Do some online research to learn the answer.

blue dot Ice Stories - Dispatches from Polar Scientists | blue dot Scientific Journey Antarctica

blue dot Select one of the explanations of climate change given at Cracking the Ice Age.
Do you agree with or dispute the explanation? Support your answer.

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