Snowflake STEM Project-Based Learning: Symmetry, Data Collection (5 Day Lesson)


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Snowflake STEM Project-Based Learning: Symmetry, Data Collection (5 Day Lesson)


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Are you looking for more extensive hands-on STEM challenges for your students? Check out this Snowflake STEM project-based learning activity! This is a perfect STEM activity for the winter months! It’s aligned with language arts (ELA) standards, math standards (symmetry and data plots), and science / engineering standards (NGSS). I recommend this project for grades 3, 4, and 5.


Print & Digital Versions of the Student Pages are BOTH Included!


*A sample 5 day lesson plan and rubric is created. Student pages are included as well. It’s all inclusive!


Science Concepts

  • Depending on the grade level, this project may meet standards under the following topics:
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Climate and Weather
  • Natural Hazards


Math Concepts

  • Data Tables / Data Collection
  • Line Plots
  • Symmetry


ELA Concepts


Can be used for:

  • Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8).



Follow the process below to complete your project:

  1. Read about how snowflakes form with the included passage.
  2. Further research snowflakes (asking questions / citing sources).
  3. Design a snowflake under certain parameters (engineering process).
  4. Make your design better (revise).
  5. Measure diameter (or width) and show symmetry (math).
  6. Collect and display data (math).
  7. Reflect.


Supplies: A supply letter to send home to parents is included. Check out the included blog post for more info on supplies (and links to buy the exact supplies I used).

  • Borax
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • pencils
  • string
  • large heat-safe cups or large jars
  • measuring cups
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional)


Rubric included!



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