The snow in the UK has really kicked in this week and many, many schools are closed – I thought we could take the opportunity to create some learning resources related to the conditions.
I discovered this list of snow depths but then thought perhaps we could simply crowd-source some accurate data from colleagues across the UK adding their own personal measurements. Collaborating on a map would also provide us the location too.
Here is the map so far – use the link below the map to add your own measurements.
View #UKSnowDepth in a larger map
I expect there are a great many different ways we could use this data (and this snowy experience) when we get back to classes. Here are a few thoughts of mine:
- Create simple graphs and chart to represent the data. Answer questions to interpret the information.
- Develop your own map for the snow depth on your school site, taking measurements in different locations. Explore the conditions that might have brought about the highest depth.
- Gather information from other countries in Europe that have been effected.
- Make comparisons to countries that have a constant or more regular snowfall.
- Cross reference the snow depths to the temperatures – repeat for other countries.
- Design a snow depth instrument.
- Learn about the depth of snow during expeditions to Everest or the Poles.
- Read historic accounts of expeditions and references to snow depth.
- Learn about different types of snow and how it changes under different temperatures and conditions.
- Explore freezing and melting.
- Look at insulation and conduct an investigation about keeping something cold or hot.
What ideas do you have for back-to-school-after-the-snow days – leave a comment with your thoughts.
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