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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.
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.
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.
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 plan, associating phases to the field of ice hockey adds a practical relationship.
Fourth graders observe and identify a variety of weathering and geological activities in the area in which they live. This focuses primarily on what happened during the Ice Age, and how, even today, glaciers are shaping and re-shaping the landscape in certain parts of the world. A really good in-class hands-on activity is described which aptly illustrates the forces of glaciers.
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 think about how beluga whales survive in icy Arctic and subarctic waters and why they sometimes need to migrate. Students will view and sketch photographs of ice at different stages of thickness, look at pictures of belugas, and discuss how belugas' bodies are adapted to life in the ice.
Investigate pictographs in this math graphing lesson. Young learners color and cut out an ice cream cone that represents their favorite flavor. Students add their cone to the appropriate area on the pictograph. Students complete related data worksheets with a group of students. Website information about making ice cream is included.
Approach addition with young mathematicians in an engaging way through this penguin-inspired activity. In small groups, scholars think about times they have used addition in their real lives (there are some suggestions given), then watch you model addition using pictorial representation. They practice this skill at math stations, starting with a fun art project creating an ice fishing penguin. Use 10 fish to show an addition sentence, with some on top of the ice and others swimming. There are ideas for four stations, the last of which requires internet access to play an interactive addition game. There is some extensive preparation required for this lesson.
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.
Open this lesson by giving a brief history of ice cream. Using liquid nitrogen to lower the temperature, preteens make their own confection. The accompanying activity sheet queries learners about freezing point, the properties of liquid nitrogen, and stabilizers. The activity sheets and the use of liquid nitrogen make this resource most appropriate for upper elementary learners during a matter unit.
A selection of videos is shown to get your class thinking about scientific theory, guided by a handout. Emerging earth scientists also read articles and take notes about glaciers and sea ice. To conclude, they write an evaluation of the evidence for melting ice using the theory that increasing global temperatures are responsible. This resource is ideal for challenging high schoolers to apply critical thinking to scientific media.
Learners analyze earth science by creating a frozen treat in class. In this heat transfer lesson, students discuss how matter is transformed from solid to liquid and liquid to gas when energy is removed from the equation. Learners conduct an experiment in which they squish a bag full of ingredients with their bare hands in order to create ice cream.