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Designed By:
Christian Alas
Created and illustrated By:
Angelo Romero and Camilo Sanabria

Snow

Snow can be one of the most fun things. It’s fun to slide on and make snowballs out of, but not very fun to shovel. Snow seems rather simple, but its formation is quite complex.

When the temperature around the clouds chills to around 32° F, water particles can freeze into ice crystals with dust or other tiny particles in the air.

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Water molecules are made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen molecules. When water freezes, the hydrogen molecules combine to form six-sided crystals of ice called “snow crystals.”

Snowflakes are made up of many snow crystals stuck together. Snowflakes are usually less than half an inch long, but can be as big as the palm of your hand sometimes. The shape of a snow crystal depends on the temperature at which it forms as it falls through the air.

Sometimes they thaw a little and then refreeze. Different types of crystals thrive at different temperatures. A difference of just one degree can change how it looks completely! Next time it’s snowing around you, try to catch a snowflake to see what shape has formed

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Although snow can be fun most of the time, sometimes the weather becomes extreme and therefore dangerous. It can be enough to frighten even the bravest of people. Snowstorms cause a tremendous amount of damage, so you should definitely avoid going outside during one. Always be wary before you journey out when it is snowing.

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Now you know a little bit more about the snow we all enjoy. It is fun to play in but it can also be dangerous. If you are out in the cold too long you can easily get sick. If you are shivering, then it is probably too cold to stay outside.

Make sure that an adult is watching you just in case, because nobody wants to perish from the cold. Popular things to do in the snow include building snowmen, sledding, making snow angels, and, of course, snowball fights! It seems wherever there is snow, there are people challenging each other to snowball battles.

Sometimes it can get intense with teams making shields, creating fortresses, and charting territory. It may seem shocking, but it happens. However as long as you have fun and nobody gets hurt, enjoy it while it lasts because the snow may melt away soon!

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ challenged

2. ____ shocked

3. ____ thaw

4. ____ chart

5. ____ frighten

6. ____ perish

7. ____ shivering

8. ____ chill

9. ____ thrive

10. ____ shield

A. Protection, armor

B. Melt, defrost

C. Scare, startle

D. Shaking, trembling

E. Confronted, contested

F. Die, pass away

G. Surprised, stunned

H. Cool, freeze

I. Outline, map out

K. Do well, bloom

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Multiple Choice

Circle the letter of the correct answer

1. Snow crystals form at:

A. 32° F

B. 23° F

C. 32° C

D. None of the above

2. Snowflakes are made of:

A. Many snow crystals.

B. Snowballs.

C. Hail.

D. None of the above.

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3. Common ways to play with snow are:

A. Snowball fights.

B. Building snowmen.

C. Making snow angels.

D. All of the above.

4. If you are shivering in the snow then:

A. It is too cold for you, and you should go inside.

B. You should stay out longer.

C. You should remove your sweater or jacket.

D. None of the above.

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How big can a snowflake get?

A. 1 foot.

B. As long as the palm of your hand.

C. 2 cm.

D. None of the above.

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ Snowstorms are not dangerous and fun to play in.

2. ____ Shoveling snow is usually fun.

3. ____ Snow is found in many colors, such as green and pink.

4. ____ Snow crystals are made up of snowflakes.

5. ____ Snow crystals have 7 sides.

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Short Answer

1. Have you ever played in the snow? What was it like?

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2. What is your favorite game to play in the snow? Why?

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3. Do you enjoy snowball fights? Why or why not?

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4. Would you want to live where there is snow? Why or why not?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

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2. Give an example that supports the writer’s main idea

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3. How does the example help the writer’s main idea?

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4. What do you think about the story?

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