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Snowflakes
Snowflakes

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Date: Feb 03 2020

Themes: Weather

Grammar: It's vs. Its

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Snowflakes are one of nature’s biggest mysteries. These ice crystals fall from the sky as unique shapes. No two snowflakes are the same. Even more interesting is that all snowflakes are examples of geometry. How is it possible to find math in nature?

Of course, the more you think about it, the more examples you can find. Beeswax is made of hundreds of hexagons (a shape with six sides). Many plants grow in a geometric way. Even the inside of an orange can teach a child fractions. Math is everywhere once you start looking for it.

Lily and Jessica love the geometry of snowflakes, but they disagree about snow. Learn more in today’s English lesson about winter weather.

Dialog

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Jessica

Jessica

Lily

Lily

Jessica:  Lily?

Lily:  Yes?

Jessica:  It is so cold out. I am so over it.

Lily:  But it’s so cool. It snowed yesterday…

Jessica:  Oh my gosh.

Lily:  ... and then you can see all the ice crystals forming on the windows. And snowflakes are a crazy… I don’t know. Each one is unique. It’s so cool.

Jessica:  Well, I like snowflakes because they are individual shapes. It’s like they’re geometry. But I definitely prefer the hotter, warmer, more balmy temperatures.

Lily:  Yeah… Playing in the snow is one of my favorite things in the world. When you were a kid, did you ever do that thing where you would fold up the paper, and then cut the snowflakes? And each one would be different. It would be so cool just to see what everybody came up with.

Jessica:  I did. I prefer a paper snowflake over real snowflakes any day.

Lily:  Fine.

 

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Jessica is tired of the cold weather. She appreciates snowflakes for their shapes, but Jessica would prefer that it was warmer outside. Playing in the snow is definitely not her idea of fun. She’d probably prefer the beach instead.

Lily has a very different opinion from Jessica about snow. To Lily, snowflakes are truly beautiful. Each one is unique. Watching the snow fall reminds Lily of cutting snowflakes from paper as a child. Lily would probably spend hours in the snow if she could.

Does it snow where you live? What’s your opinion of snowflakes?

 

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ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

Snowflakes are amazing. I love watching the lazy fall of snowflakes. 


I have some unforgetable memories from my childhood. Playing snowball with my siblings and friends, making a huge snowman in front of the barn to surprise my mom, skiing on plastics. My God, amazing days. I do love snow. Nature is beautiful in every season.


And I feel greatful to God when I read other friends comments, thet have never seen snow. I hope they see one day. It’s a gift everyone should enjoy.

06:46 PM Jan 26 2015 |

meysam66

meysam66

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Dear Julito


sorry for delay. tank to Mahtab for visually explanation.


wish you the best.

06:11 PM Jan 26 2015 |

Moriza

Moriza

Ukraine

With each year we get in touch with snow less and less .It can’t be compared with the periods of my childhood when there was much snow around and we could sledge and ski for days ,and build snowy walls which defended us from attacks of snowballs,and jump from the roofs into the huge hills of snow,and roll along the white carpet until whole clothes was wet or skate on the freezed river,I even drank snowy tea ..
 Snowflake is an adorable enigma..it’s nice to feel and see it on my palm …it can last only for a few seconds…then it turns into a drop of water….yeah,a pity.

 julito

julito

Argentina

 Dear Mahtab


thanks for sendind a visual explanation of what  does it means tubing.


Hope that your country come out   very soon of the drought that is presently experiencing 


04:42 PM Jan 26 2015 |

Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Dear Julito and Olya!


Snow Tubing!!! ;)


I guess people here love it so much!


But I have never tried! :-/


Snow Tubing and Skiing at nearby Telemark Resort


04:23 PM Jan 26 2015 |

Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

S&W & Eric_


It is very interesting that you both live in the same country but you have two opposite climates!! :D


You have a vast country!
Honorable! :)




Of course …


I do love snow!


I do miss snow!


I do believe it is a miracle especially when I havent seen a real snowy weather for a long time!


And even if we had a little snow it was only for few hours and very soon  we had our spring winter !!!! :(  again with a shining sun!!!


If we still do not have snow  (also rain) ,  Iran will really face with a terrible water shortage crisis and I dont know what will happen to us in the future! :(


Pray for us!

04:19 PM Jan 26 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

@meysam66.    pls. what is tubing ?

03:21 PM Jan 26 2015 |

meysam66

meysam66

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In my opinion, each season has it’s own beauties. One of the most interesting entertainment in the winter is going tubing. have you ever try that? it’s really fascinating.



03:07 PM Jan 26 2015 |

Oopa

Oopa

Iraq

well , there isn’t snow here in Baghdad (Iraq) I wish that I could see it someday to make a handsome snowman to take selfie with it , LOL


I think that’s why there isn’t snow here :D 

02:58 PM Jan 26 2015 |

imtiaz433

imtiaz433

Pakistan

Snowflakes are really one of mysteries of nature and one of the best and adorable things orignated by Nature..


really love to see snowfales faling from sky. they really adore me.. soon will be there to snowflakes live… excited about that..:)

12:23 PM Jan 26 2015 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

Snowflakes are one of the seven miracles of Nature .


white..soft..unique..cold..beautiful..geometric ..romantic..source of water..winter game…


I think, God created Mathematics and Geometry at he beginning of Universe..and he used them in all creatures and things..


I see snowflakes every year in my country,less or more ..


11:57 AM Jan 26 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

It took almost 100 years  before  the citizens the Buenos Aires dared to go  out in the streets  to watch with  wonder how  snowflakes were lazily falling down from the sky .


That  was in 2007 , i clearly remember the snowflakes carpeting in white the streets and the chilling cold of that night. I can not give an opinion  ,it was a frozen and windy midnight,  the weather didn`t invite to study the geometry  of snowflakes , rather to stay inside the house  with the heater on  and  sipping a hot beverage.…...

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka

I have never seen snow in real life. We have only summer season and monsoon season in our country. 


But I’ve seen people playing in the snow and having fun on movies and Tv. I wish it would suddenly snow in Colombo one day and surprise us. Will my wish come true? 

11:00 AM Jan 26 2015 |

S&W

S&W

China

I lived in the northeast of china,We have obvious four seasons,Winter is longer than the other three seasons.I truthly like playing with snow.Snowflakes is a mysteries of nature.Very unquie and beatiful .Why compare snowflakes with math,Math is a little bit boring.


As Jessica tired of the cold weather,I had complained that the heavy winds made my eyes teared and have to dress like a bear when go outside.But ,Going to outside Hotspring is a good idea.Snows falling down and you just stay in hotspring and relax.

Ya Nina

Kazakhstan

My country and my town have a real winter with real snow and real snowflakes. I like it. However I realize Jessica’s feelings, because I prefer warm weather too=) On the other side, I’m sure that if we haven’t a real winter, our lives aren’t so interesting and different. I think that if we haven’t a real winter, we could’t so appreciate and like a summer and warmth.


Besides, snowflakes give us opportunity to meet with miracle and winter fairy tale. When we view snowflakes, we can recall how pure and perfect our Mother Nature. 

09:27 AM Jan 26 2015 |

Diamir

Germany

Snowflakes are very beautyful


It’s  fantastically when it snows outsite

07:02 AM Jan 26 2015 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

wow.now that  i writing ,here is snowing  and its so nice(good for me).but about math in nature when we think about it we more underestand that god exist

04:57 AM Jan 26 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

I never stop wondering how creative our Mother Nature is! From the good point of view – in the shapes of never the same snowflakes, elaborate frosty patterns on the windows, the rich colors of fall. You just sit down frozen in admiration and try to read those patterns, remember the geometry or mix the right colors and I’ m pretty sure no human can do better then God’s hand, but we can imitate, copy and be the messengers of Mother Nature, enhancing its beauty by adding nothing more.

ola33

ola33

Japan

Eric, what province do you live?

03:54 AM Jan 26 2015 |

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Eric_

Eric_

China

As we live in Southern China, we can’t see snow here.  


But I remember that when we were children, making the paper snowflakes can be so much fun.


Hope to see the snowflakes in someday, feel them, touch them. :))

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