Outdoor Educator Winter Lesson Plan

Snow on the ground? Bundle up and conduct winter experiments as kids measure out four equal squares of ice, take air temperature, and test different salts (or other materials) on the squares. Which square melted the fastest? The class collects data and uses the results to recommend the best ice-melting strategy to your principal. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids brainstorm different ice-melting aids before you bring them in to increase ownership of the testing
Classroom Considerations

  • Talk this over as a class before going outside, as it will be cold, distracting, and generally more difficult to listen
Pros

  • Simple way to incorporate winter weather into a practical experiment process
Cons

  • None