Students learned about the “Snowflake Man” Wilson Bentley. A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.
This lesson focused on radial symmetry and craftsmanship. We began by tracing different sized circles and folding them in half three times. Each line became one point of the snowflake. Students then cut away shapes and once unfolded had a one of a kind snowflake. Learning targets were:
I can use my scissors safely.
I can cut paper with no jagged edges.
I can use correct amount of glue and glue papers flat.
Lesson idea from Dali's Mustache