Ice & Snow

Classroom Resources Brought to You by KET

Use these digital media resources to learn more about ice and snow - from the formation of snowflakes, to glaciers, to sled dogs, and beyond.


These resources are a small sampling of those found within PBS LearningMedia, a large repository of digital media content found within KET Encyclomedia.

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Between the Lions - Ethan and the Snow

Between the Lions - Ethan and the Snow. Explore winter clothing as a boy named Ethan gets ready to go outside by putting on different articles of clothing, from Between the Lions: "Like a Windy Day." Each time he looks out the window and sees snow, he puts on another article of clothing to keep warm.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Poem: Big Snow

Poem: Big Snow. This video segment from Between the Lions is an animated poem that rhymes. Snow falls all over the city and then a snow plow pushes snow. This video segment provides a resource for Phonological Awareness.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

A Snow Family Lives Here! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

A Snow Family Lives Here! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Daniel imagines that a snow family lives in the neighborhood and it's lot's of fun to play with them. Encourage kids to enjoy everything about the snow. Build a snowman, make a snow angel, or leave footprints in the powder!


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Snow Search | Sid the Science Kid: Games

Snow Search | Sid the Science Kid: Games. Use a map to find hidden items with this Flash interactive.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades PreK-1.

Dinosaurs in the Snow

Dinosaurs in the Snow. In this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon family visits the North Pole. They learn how snow is formed, that the North Pole is dark during the winter because the Earth is tilting away from the sun, and that many creatures live in the north pole and have adapted to it with features such as feathers.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades PreK-1.

Snow Globes

Snow Globes. Simulate a snowstorm by creating a snow globe in a jar, in this activity from Arthur.


PBS LearningMedia. Activity.

Grades K-4.

Weather Fitness Lesson Plan

Weather Fitness Lesson Plan. In this lesson, students “rediscover” weather as they use movement to act it out. Using their whole body to bend, stretch and exercise, students follow along as the teacher calls out and moves different types of weather. Students get to use their cognitive and psychomotor skills while acting out different types of weather such a rain, snow and a rainbow using various exercises.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades K-5.

Observe Precipitation

Observe Precipitation. Water that falls from the sky is called precipitation. As one aspect of weather, precipitation such as rain or snow can affect your daily life. However, it is also a vital step in the water cycle, returning water from the atmosphere back to Earth's surface. In this video segment produced for Teachers' Domain, observe three different types of precipitation — rain, hail, and snow.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades K-5.

Follow the Water

Follow the Water. Ella and her dad, Mike, track the path of melting snow on a warm winter day, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They follow it out of their driveway, to a small brook, through a tunnel, and eventually all the way to the ocean. On their journey, they discover how water carries trash and pollution with it.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 1-4.

Igloo 101

Igloo 101. This interactive activity from NOVA challenges students' knowledge of igloo construction. The quiz format includes questions concerning where igloos were traditionally built, the best type of snow for building, and the shape on which these traditional Canadian Inuit structures were modeled. Detailed explanations provide further insight into how these ingenious snow shelters enabled entire families to survive the brutal Arctic winters.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 3-8.

Documenting Glacial Change

Documenting Glacial Change. In this collection of images adapted from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, photo pairings demonstrate that glacier positions can change dramatically, even over a relatively short period in geological time: 60 to 100 years. The effect on the immediate environment once glaciers recede is readily apparent. As several of the images reveal, receding glaciers leave telltale signs of their presence in the landscape. With the ice gone, glaciated terrain may be characterized by an eroded valley bed and debris piles. It is ripe for colonization by pioneer plant species.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 3-12.

The Sled Dogs of the Arctic Circle | Nature

The Sled Dogs of the Arctic Circle | Nature. In this Nature video, we learn how the Inuits of the Arctic Circle rely on their dogs. Existing on a diet of snow and seal blubber (fat), these dogs pull the sleds of the Inuits and protect them from wild animals. Multiple dogs pull together to maintain the stability of the sled. Sled dogs sometimes run the equivalent of five marathons (5 x 26.2 miles = 131 miles) per day. They will be the first to fall through the ice if there is a crack, but they recover from the cold plunge quickly. The dogs have evolved to master the harsh environment.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 3-12.

Snow Shelter

Snow Shelter. These kids dig it, jump in it, ski on it and snowboard over it. But snow isn't always fun. If you get stranded in mountains during a blizzard, it can be very dangerous. That's why Morgan, Rio and Thianna want to know if there's any way snow can keep them warm.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 4-6.

Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes?

Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? In this media-rich lesson, students learn the physics of snowflake formation. They build an apparatus to grow their own snow crystals and explore how the forces that act on water molecules result in the hexagonal shapes of snowflakes.


PBS LearningMedia. Lesson Plan.

Grades 6-8.

How Do Avalanches Form?

How Do Avalanches Form? There are two basic elements to an avalanche: a steep, snow-covered slope and a trigger that causes a weak layer within the snow pack to collapse. This video segment adapted from NOVA reveals that the shape of the ice crystals of snowflakes within a snow pack is also a critical factor. How well the crystals bond together determines how strong a snow layer is and therefore how stable the snow pack is.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 6-12.

Observing Antarctica

Observing Antarctica. In this interactive activity adapted from NASA, students are invited to view Antarctica in unsurpassed detail using a compilation of high-resolution images called the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). Students can choose to investigate Antarctica's moving ice; get closeup views of icebergs, snow dunes, and other land and seascape features; learn how cracks in a glacier can be used to gauge its speed; see how ridges and troughs in the ice help scientists determine glacier flow patterns; and take a flying tour of the area surrounding McMurdo Station, a scientific research center operated by the United States.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 6-12.

Hunters Navigate Warming Arctic

Hunters Navigate Warming Arctic. In this video segment adapted from the National Film Board of Canada, learn how hunting is a fundamental part of the Inuit culture and how environmental changes are threatening the Inuit way of life. Observe hunters on the ice, and see how modern technology has found a place in traditional practices. Learn about the unpredictability of, and changes in, snow and ice conditions. Hear hunters describe some of the challenges they are facing, and explore how traditional knowledge can partner with Western science to address the changing environmental conditions.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 6-12.

Tracking Glacial Clues for Climate Change

Tracking Glacial Clues for Climate Change. In this interactive feature produced by ThinkTV, explore an alpine glacier to learn about melting, evaporation, sublimation, calving, and accumulation. Together these processes determine whether a glacier is growing or shrinking—scientists compare the annual accumulation of ice and snow to the annual loss of ice and snow to calculate any changes in the glacier’s mass balance. These measurements help scientists determine if a glacier is shrinking, and how the loss of mass may be related to climate change.


PBS LearningMedia. Interactive.

Grades 6-12.

Antarctic Ice Movement: Part 1

Antarctic Ice Movement: Part 1. With more than 29 million cubic kilometers (7 million cubic miles) of ice and snow, the Antarctic Ice Sheet is so massive that its weight depresses the underlying crust by 900 meters (nearly 3,000 feet). New snow that collects on the ice sheet's surface causes the ice beneath it to spread out and move along the slope of the land. In this video segment adapted from NOVA, a team of glaciologists carves into one glacier on the East Sheet to monitor the nature and speed of its movement.


PBS LearningMedia. Video.

Grades 6-12.

The Science of Snowflakes | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios

The Science of Snowflakes | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios. Snowflakes are infinitely beautiful, but are they infinitely unique? Here's all the science behind Earth's favorite cold crystal from Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay To Be Smart.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 6-13+.

You’re As Cold As Ice!

You’re As Cold As Ice!. In this Nature lesson, students learn how glaciers and glacial movement have affected the Earth through a series of Web interactives and hands-on activities.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: 9-12.

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