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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
Ice Teacher Resources
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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.
Third graders read the story "Trapped by the Ice" which is about the Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. They identify, write and share examples of respect and responsibility demonstrated by the stories' characters. Students create a character trait doll about themselves. Students write ways they show respect and responsibility.
Why do we salt roads when they have ice on them? Middle school physical scientists experiment to find out that salt lowers the freezing point of water. This classic lab experiment has a practical application and is also designed to meet Common Core standards for literacy in science.
Students study thermal energy and energy transfer to sea ice processes. For this energy transfer lesson, students make their own ice cream and discuss energy transfer and thermal energy. Students view a radiation overhead and its role in sea ice growth. Students watch a demonstration using water, saltwater, and ice cubes. Students complete a worksheet about melting the ice.
Middle schoolers 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.
High schoolers 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.
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.
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.