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All About Ice

The All About Ice suite of activities sets the stage for Explore! Ice Worlds! Ice in the Solar System and Ice on Earth. Children investigate ice, learn about its properties, and explore how it can change states to a liquid or a gas. Through hands-on experiences, they observe ice, find its melting and freezing point, and learn about some of its unique properties, including that ice, the solid phase of water, is less dense than the liquid! 

Ice Bingo: An Icebreaker Activity
Ice Bingo is a 15-minute icebreaker activity for children ages 8 to 13 that introduces ice and its properties and sets the stage for further explorations and activities in Explore! Ice Worlds! Children are given cards that contain squares with different types of ice experiences — like getting their tongues stuck on ice! — interspersed with ice facts and information about ice in our solar system. Children have five minutes to find as many participants as they can who have had experiences described on the card.

States of Water: A Snow Mobile (Getting Started)
To introduce the properties and states of water, children ages 8 to 13 prepare the materials for a mobile. As they undertake the activities in the module, the children discuss the questions posed by the mobile and questions or ideas they may have about ice, water, and water vapor. At the close of the module, they complete the mobile.

An Ice Magic Show
In this 20-minute activity, cool magician, I.C. Melton (the facilitator) demonstrates the amazing State Change Trick for children ages 8 to 10. Based on what they have observed in I.C.'s performance, the children brainstorm what it really takes to make a state change happen!

Around the Block: An Ice Tour
In Around the Block: An Ice Tour children ages 8 to 13 spend 20 minutes investigating the basic properties of ice. Using common tools such as magnifying glasses and magnets, along with their own senses of sight, touch, and smell, they examine a large block of ice and then discuss and record their observations as a team.

The Melting Point!
In this 15-minute companion activity to That's a (N)ice Temperature!, teams of children ages 8 to 13 predict which ice cube will melt faster, one sprinkled with salt, or one without salt. After making their predictions, the children pour salt on one ice cube and leave the other untouched, then observe for two minutes to see if their predictions were correct. Children learn that adding salt — or other substances — to ice lowers the melting point of ice. Finally, they put their knowledge to the test by making ice cream!

That's A N(ice) Temperature
In this 30-minute companion activity to The Melting Point, teams of children ages 8 to 13 experiment to find the melting and freezing points of water and ice.

Amazing Expanding Ice
Children experiment with freezing water to observe another special property of ice:  that it is less dense as a solid (ice) than it is as a liquid (water). Amazing, Expanding Ice! is an "overnight" activity requiring 20 minutes of preparation, overnight freezing of the experiment, and 10 minutes of follow-up discussion.

The Tip of the Iceberg
Children ages 8 to 13 observe an ice cube in water and — literally — draw conclusions about properties of ice based on their observations!

Flubber Flows
Flubber Flows is a 30-minute activity in which teams of four to five children ages 8 to 13 experiment with Flubber and investigate how a solid can flow! They predict and model the properties of glaciers, view images of advancing glaciers, and create their own Flubber flow!

States of Water: A Snow Mobile (Wrapping Up)
After answering questions and recording their discoveries about water in its solid, liquid, and gas states on their Snow Mobile pieces, the children assemble their mobiles!



Last updated
August 20, 2013



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