Montgomery Co. rolls out ‘snow school’ to keep kids engaged

WASHINGTON — Just because school was closed, that didn’t mean the learning stopped.

And even though some of the initial snowfall has melted, there are still plenty of ways children can check out some of the ideas for learning about the white stuff that kept them home.

In Montgomery County, the school system came up with snow-related activities for all grade levels so students could engage in learning in a way that didn’t feel like “homework.”

“We know that keeping kids engaged outside of school and we want to do our part,” said Derek Turner, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools.

The “Snow School” page on the school system’s website covers a variety of topics for all ages.

“We have questions from elementary school to middle school to high school that engage students along all subjects: from math to science to physical education,” Turner said.

Among the questions:
How many sides do all snowflakes have?
What is the snowiest country in the world?

There are questions that cover history:
Where did the Revolutionary Army stay during the snowy winter of 1777-1778?
What country’s cold winter helped defeat Napoleon Bonaparte’s army?

On the topic world languages:
What languages are spoken in the top four countries that get the heaviest snowfall in the world?

Students were asked to tweet some of their responses using the hashtag #MCPSsNOwschool. Turner says, “This is a great opportunity for students who are stuck in their homes to turn off the TV and be on social media but actually learn something at the same time.”

Montgomery County schools have been closed all week due to the snowstorm that dropped 2 to 3 feet of snow in the county.

Find the full list of questions here.

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