Just like elementary students have questions like “what causes the seasons?” it’s only natural for kids to want to know what happened to the project they spent so much time building and giving a face.
So, how do you explain why their favorite new friend is melting and what will happen to it next? This is a perfect time to review the water cycle mentioned in the first section of this page. Remind your student that their snowman is made of snow, a form of solid water. Snow, like rain, is a form of precipitation that falls from clouds. Unlike rain, however, snow reaches the ground in a solid state. This icy and airy substance can then be collected and reshaped to create a snowman. In order for the snowman to stick around, it must remain frozen or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When the sun shines and warms the Earth to above 32 degrees, snow begins to melt and become liquid (water). Some of the water will evaporate into the air, while some will create runoff and seep into the ground so it can help the plants grow.