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How can you turn an ice cream activity into a scientific investigation? It's easy if you know ionic compounds, heat transfer, and the exothermic and endothermic process. Learners will explore the science behind freezing, insulation, and changes in states of matter as they investigate what is actually taking place to help them create a frozen treat.
Solid, liquid, or gas? Or all three? Young chemists make observations of dry ice and measure the pressure associated with its triple point. Pre-lab exercises include drawing Lewis structures and explaining bonding theories. An observation table and detailed procedures for measuring pressure are provided, along with analysis and conclusion questions. If you are planning on spending any time on sublimation with your chemistry class, this resource will be a strong supplement.
In an open-ended problem, learners calculate costs involved in driving an ice cream van. Is it better to park in one place or drive through different neighborhoods? Learners look at these and other factors and must make reasonable estimations to find the answer. Might work best as a group or whole-class activity.
If your class's knowledge of the Ice Age is limited to animated movies, use this lesson plan to strengthen their knowledge. After sharing what they know about the Ice Age, young readers explore a news article seeking to dispel misconceptions created by the movie Ice Age 2. The lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
A big ice cream cone is the perfect representation of a a mathematical sphere and cone. The activity asks learners to determine whether the scoop of ice cream can fit inside the cone if packed in. If not, construct a new cone that will fit the scoop of ice cream and be a reasonable size. There can be multiple correct answers so let your class decide which cone is their favorite!
In this reading comprehension and vocabulary worksheet, students read a text about the history of National Ice Cream Day. Students work alone or in partners to complete 144 questions. There are vocabulary matching problems, fill in the blank, multiple choice, and an essay assignment. There is a link provided for students to listen to the story.
Students explore the causes and effects of the melting ice formations in Antarctica; they then research different aspects of the topic in order to create a news special.
Students examine scientific evidence of changes in the Arctic ice cover. They participate in a simulation of an international conference and debate the relationship between global warming and changes in the arctic ice cover.
In this environment experiment worksheet, students complete 3 experiments using ice. First they label each experiment and respond to the four questions given. Then students do the 3 experiments as stated, considering what the experiments suggest about sea levels as a result of global warming.
Use ice cream to represent Presidential candidates in this mock election.
Eighth grade physical science classes examine why the ice on which hockey is played is slippery. They do so by discussing phases of matter and the molecular motion in each. They read an article on a website and write out answers to 10 reading comprehension questions. Although there are no hands-on science experiences as part of the lesson, associating phases to the field of ice hockey adds a practical relationship.
Students explore polymers by designing and preparing an inexpensive and effective reusable ice pack. They develop and test a design for a reusable ice pack in the science lab. Students apply chemical and physical properties of polymers and their uses while creating the ice pack.
Students examine the various forms that ice can take.  In this melting ice lesson students view videos on climate and global warming. 
Students explore physical science by reading a water properties story in class. For this ice formation lesson, students read the book Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice before creating snow cones in class. Students utilize ice cubes, white paper and paint to create "ice paintings" in class.
Pupils observe and discuss what happens when water turns to ice and when ice turns into water. In this freezing and melting lesson plan, students observe ice and water and complete hands on activities that change their properties.
Young scholars read books, learn about the letter i, and eat ice cream all to learn about ice cream. In this ice cream lesson plan, students also scoop play dough to simulate scooping ice cream.
High schoolers study the ice age and the causes of it.  In this Ice Age lesson students examine why those animals became extinct and complete activity sheets.
The Artctic and Antarctic Ice caps are the focus of this Earth science lesson. In reality, this is more of a demonstration than a lesson, but there is some rich discussion that happens before, during, and after the demonstration takes place. Very interesting idea!
Young scholars discuss their favorite ice cream flavors and read the math problem. They brainstorm the problem and brainstorm for ways to solve the problem. Students work in pairs and share solutions.
Fourth graders identify characteristics of a simple physical and chemical change. They describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made and that these properties can be used separate. Students describe the physical properties of ingredients used to make ice cream.

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