Lesson Plan Title : What Type of Snow Makes a Good Snowman

Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Upper Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: In this lesson, students compare the different types of snow and try to determine which one makes the best snowman.

Objective: The student will be able to compare different types of snow and decide which one is best for making a snowman.


Teacher created worksheet

Snow (optional)

Internet access for each group of students


Divide the students into groups of three. Give each group some snow and have them try to make a snowman (depending on the type of snow they may or may not be able to do this.) Talk about why they think they could or could not make one. Discuss the different types of snow and then have each group work together to complete the worksheet using information from the Internet.

Sample worksheet:

Type of Snow Three Characteristics How Is This Type Made? What Is This Kind of Snow Good For?
Dry Snow      
Wet Snow      

Wrap Up:

This lesson may be more difficult for students who live in southern climates and have not experienced snow. They may need to watch videos that show the different types of snow so they have a better understanding of its characteristics.