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Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

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Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives






Multigenre Mapper

Grades   3 – 10  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Multigenre Mapper

This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.


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  • Smithsonian Photography Initiative

    This site includes a story by Professor of Physics Kenneth Libbrecht on how “Snowflake” Bentley’s photographs transformed public perception and then became cultural icons.

  • Snowflake Bentley Photographs

    Included on this site are copyright free Snowflake Bentley photographs available in high resolution available on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons.

  • Craft Templates

    Here, teachers and students can find free craft templates for snowflakes made using Bentley's photographs.

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