Where Does All the Snow Go?

What Is This Video?

All the snow that falls in a city can’t soak into the ground. There’s too much concrete in the way! So what do all those plows and trucks and front-loaders DO with too much snow?

Conversation Starters

Ask:
  • Where do dump trucks carry all the snow? (Outside the city, where there’s more space to pile it up and less concrete to keep the snowmelt from soaking into the ground.)

  • Plum sings about the animal’s “H~2~O” (pronounced “aich two oh”). What’s that? (It’s the symbol for water—in this case in the form of snow.)

  • How might removing all that H~2~O affect city animals? (Melted snow provides drinking water.)

  • How else or where else could thirsty animals find water?

Explore Some More

Ice Sculptures

Have a little creative fun with melting frozen H~2~O—ice, that is, not snow. You’ll need balloons in a bunch of sizes and shapes. Find those long, skinny ones that look like snakes if you can. Put a few drops of food coloring (optional) and a few grains of sand in each balloon. (The sand helps ice form.) Fill the balloons with water and tie them off. If it’s below freezing outside, curve the skinny ones into fun shapes, set them in a shady spot outdoors, and watch them freeze. (Otherwise, put them in a freezer.) Unpeel the balloons and watch your ice sculptures slowly melt outside. It may take days—or weeks—if you live in a very cold place!

Curriculum Topics

ecosystems, water

Activity Type

indoor and outdoor

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