Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Snowflake Bentley

Use Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to strengthen your students' comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

Snowflake Bentley is a captivating children's book written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, based on the true story of Wilson Bentley. The book celebrates the remarkable journey of Wilson Bentley, a curious and determined young boy who becomes fascinated by the intricate beauty of snowflakes. Despite facing challenges and skepticism from others in his pursuit, Bentley dedicates his life to capturing snowflake photographs. Through his relentless efforts and passion for nature, Bentley becomes the first person to photograph individual snowflakes, revealing their unique and breathtaking designs.

This fictional narrative based on Bentley's life and research will fascinate students as they practice making inferences, visualizing, and identifying important events and unique text structures.

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About the Book

The cover for the book Snowflake Bentley
Title: Snowflake Bentley
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction
Themes: STEAM / STEM, Winter, History, Award Winners, Perseverance
ISBN: 9780547530833
Publisher's Summary:
Wilson Bentley was always fascinated by snow. In childhood and adulthood, he saw each tiny crystal of a snowflake as a little miracle and wanted to understand them. His parents supported his curiosity and saved until they could give him his own camera and microscope. At the time, his enthusiasm was misunderstood. But with patience and determination, Wilson catalogued hundreds of snowflake photographs, gave slideshows of his findings and, when he was 66, published a book of his photos. His work became the basis for all we know about beautiful, unique snowflakes today.
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