AMHERST - One class of students learned of an advantage of having lots of snow on the ground. They used it to learning a style of writing.
Students in the Grade 3G class at West Highlands School spent the majority of their day last Friday out in the snow.
"The students have been learning different sorts of writing and used this to learn procedural writing, with things like first, next and then," said teacher Krista Gould.
The students were given sheets to plan their snow creations, which included a snow fort, snowmobile, Hannah Snowtana, snow girls, snow furniture and a snow palace, using a step-by-step guide.
During the building process, the students took pictures along the way that will be uploaded to school computer.
Students will then learn how to create a multimedia project using Comic Life.
"This was a snow day. It was motivational, it was something fun, and the students were encouraging," Gould said.
Students Aaron Sjanic, Brandon Mont, Jay Lewis and Travis Maloney built a large snow fort on the front lawn of the school.
With the help of parent volunteers, all the students got to work.
"We used my dad's big shovel and cut out blocks of snow, because it was really crusty," said Maloney, adding smaller shovels were used as well.
"Then we started building the walls," added Sjanic.
The boys, who said they had a lot of fun building the snow fort, can all fit inside the fort, plus some of their classmates.
It's over their heads in height, and has windows out the front.
"I could use it for protection in a snowball fight," said Maloney.
Each of the students was asked to bring in things to decorate their creations, including Kool Aid crystals and food colouring.
One of the things Anna Gould brought in was a Hannah Montana wig.
"We thought it would be a great idea to make Hannah Snowtana," she said of the group she belonged to with Rachel Robitza, Haley Hurley and Emily DeLong.
"It was really hard to make," said Robitza. "We had to roll a big snowball from the tennis courts to the front of the school."
The girls also used buttons down Hannah's front and a carrot for her nose. They used sticks for her arms, complete with winter mittens.
"The students had to show great determination," said Gould. "At the beginning of the week when we were planning this, the snow was great for packing, but by the time Friday rolled around it was hard as a rock."