Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a great biography for pre-k through third grade students. “Snowflake” Bentley was the first person to capture microscopic images of snowflakes. He worked for years before he was able to capture the photos he was looking for and considered the photos his gift to the world. Sadly, Mr. Bentley died shortly after the book containing his images was released, so he never had a chance to relish his success.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison

In addition to being a biography, Snowflake Bentley is a perfect STEM book! It goes into detail about how Snowflake persisted in the face of failure and was finally able to capture images of “his” snowflakes. As adults we all know failure is often the key to success, but often our students need to be told that it’s okay to fail!

There are so many fabulous resources out in the blogosphere to help us use Snowflake Bentley in our STEM explorations. There is no need to reinvent the wheel on this one; pick the resources that work for you and your learners!

Keep reading for a roundup!


A Complete Book Study Here:

The Curriculum Core

An Amazing Family Dinner Book Club Here:

Growing Book By Book

An Activity On Snowflake Similes Here:

I Love My Classroom

A Set Of Free Printables Here:

Speech Is Sweet

A Snowflake Reduction Print Tutorial Here:

Mrs. Knights Smartest Artists

A Snowflake Making Stem Activity Here:

Carly and Adam

This Really Fun Geoboard Activity Here:

Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls

A Snowday Party Here:

The Appilicious Teacher


With all these resources available, Snowflake Bentley becomes a no brainer for your classroom this month! Check out the resources, pick what you like and STEM it up!