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Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Learners study thermal energy and energy transfer to sea ice processes. In this energy transfer lesson, students make their own ice cream and discuss energy transfer and thermal energy. Learners view a radiation overhead and its role in sea ice growth. Students watch a demonstration using water, saltwater, and ice cubes. Learners complete a worksheet about melting the ice.
Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Learners compare and contrast the different types of heat transfer. In this earth science lesson, students draw and label the energy transfer that takes place in sea ice. They make ice cream in the lab and explain how salt and ice work together to freeze the mixture.
Dry Ice: Simply Sublime
A fascinating lesson on states of matter is here for your young scientists. Dry ice is used to challenge learners preconceived notions about how solids work. They discover all sorts of interesting facts about states of matter from completing the activities explained in this fine plan.
Whales and Sea Ice: Investigating Insulation
Young scholars investigate the properties of insulation as it relates to whales and sea ice. They research whales and examine the atmospheric changes that occur when there are changes in sea ice.
Learners explore and experiment with a durable form of ice called Pykrete. They test the properties of Pykrete and ice to determine if the claims about this mixture are true from their history around World War II. The lab report includes a heading, problem statement, procedure, data, calculations, sources of error and conclusions.
Graphing Sea Ice Extent in the Arctic and Antarctic
Students graph sea ice data and predict long term trends in the data. In this climate change lesson, students use sea ice data from the Arctic and Antarctic to construct line graphs. They use their graphs to predict the effects of global climate change.
The Future of Arctic Sea Ice
Students research about the importance of sea ice to world climate and sea organisms. In this earth science lesson, students create a model of present and future Arctic sea ice communities. They discuss how ice melting affects relationships among organisms.
Students examine the different propereties of ice, such as freezing temperature. In this scientific lesson students complete several activities using ice, like making ice cream.
Students observe the chemical reaction that occurs when salt is put on ice, and use the energy that is released to make ice cream.
Chinese Ice Sculptures Melting
Students examine, critique and study a newspaper article on a famous ice festival in China that is being affected by rising global temperatures. They complete three worksheets on the article that deals with comprehension questions, a vocabulary matching task and one on a grammar/language focus.
Beluga Whales in the Ice
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.
The Ice Cream Stands Problem
Tenth graders pretend to set up an ice cream shop in a make believe town of shapes. In this geometry lesson, 10th graders work together to put up an ice cream stand in an ideal location and solve for the minimum given the shapes.
Melting Ice is Hot Stuff!
Fourth graders determine the amount of energy required to melt ice using a calorimeter. They calculate the Molar Heat of Fusion of Ice.
Cold As Ice
Fourth graders investigate how glaciers cause the weathering of landforms. They observe a brick that has been placed on a frozen slab of ice, and discuss the results, comparing them to the movements of a glacier. In small groups, they conduct an experiment with an ice cube and clay and observe and record the results.
HOW DO WE GET ICE CREAM FROM LIQUID CREAM?
Learners are able to record predictions of temperatures of water, ice, ice water, and salt-ice water. They are able to collect and analyze data, drawing conclusions based on the evidence. Students are able to explain, in their own words, freezing point depression
Students create ice cream in a bag and snow ice cream to study the effects of freezing on foods. In this ice cream lesson, students understand the effects of freezing on cells.
Sea and Ice Salinity
Students conduct an experiment. In this salinity instructional activity, students learn about sea ice, why it is important and how changing amounts can affect the sea. Students conduct an experiment to find out the effects of salinity on the formation of sea ice.
Is There Ice on Mercury?
In this ice on Mercury worksheet, students read about the data collected from the NASA Messenger and the Arecibo Radio Telescope indicating the possibility of ice on Mercury. Students solve 6 problems including finding the scale of the image, determining the diameter of features in the diagrams, determining the total volume of ice predicted and determining the mass of the ice.
Ice Cream Pictograph
Students create a graph. In this pictograph lesson, students cut out 20 small ice cream cones and decorate them. Students create a pictograph with their ice cream cones.
Students perform an experiment with salt on ice to see a chemical change. In this salt on ice experiment, students pour salt on ice and then food coloring to enhance the changes observed. Students predict what will happen and hear the ice crackle. Students make conclusions about the experiment.