Education Technology

Science: Science TODAY™ - When the Snow is as High as an Elephant
by USA TODAY Education

Published on October 17, 2008

Overview

Using information from the USA TODAY Infograph®, students will explore some of the effects and characteristics of snow. Students examine topics such as "snow load," the potential effect that accumulated snow has on roofs of homes and other structures.

Key Steps

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    Facts about moisture content of snow and the density of water are given to students to reason about weightloads on roofs.









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    Using scatterplots and mathematical reasoning, students answer questions about how much weight roofs can support.









    Note: TODAY is a trademark of USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co., Inc.