Welcome! JiJi has started an adventure and you get to come along and color along!!
This year JiJi will travel from northern forests to river canals to big cities to explore the homes that people live in. This postcard is about JiJi's trip to northwestern Canada.
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JiJi’s first stop has the weather JiJi likes: the forests and mountains of northwestern Canada! People here often live in A-frame houses - if you look at the front of the house, you can probably figure out how they got their name. Parts of northern Canada get a LOT of snow. In fact, Woody Point, Newfoundland gets an average of 245 inches (over 20 feet or 622 centimeters) of snow a year, much of which falls over a three month period! The shape of an A-frame roof allows that snow to sliiiiiiide right off, keeping the roof from possible damage.
Did you know that the weight of snow can change depending on the type of snow? Fluffy snow can weigh around 5 pounds per cubic foot, while heavy, wet snow can weigh as much as 13 pounds per cubic foot. (Densely packed heavy snow could be almost 20 pounds per cubic foot!)
- How much snow falls where you live?
- Where in the world do people live with snow year round?
- Could you design the perfect house for a place that gets such cold and snowy weather?
TEACHER NOTE: Students could explore what makes ice (or snow if you have access to it) melt faster. Choose a sunny day and place ice cubes outside in/on a variety of surfaces (black paper, aluminum foil, light colored paper, a plastic bag, etc.). Observe and record how long it takes for each ice cube to melt. Discuss why different surfaces might make the ice cubes melt faster or slower.