Do you know why snow is white? Fifth graders in Ms. Wagar's class do after their "Why is snow white?" science activity.
Students learned that a snowflake isn't completely flat, and when multiple snowflakes pile on top of one another they become less transparent and more solid/white looking in color.
To test this, students used glue and wax paper. Students used glue to trace snowflakes and added layers of wax paper in between. When the glue dried, students peeled up the “snowflake” and investigated whether their snowflakes appeared white or transparent. The results were mostly white due to the multiple layers of wax paper.
They also learned about factors that can contribute to the color of snowflakes, such as the reflection from the sun.