Here at BES, we always spend the first two weeks back from break on a Properties of Matter Unit. We use snow and ice as our focus in studying solids and liquids. Last week we began our study by investigating ice cubes. We completed several experiments and used modified ScienceLinks lessons. (We are going to complete Water 3 later this week.) Today we had some FUN! Students studied solids and liquids using Deanna Jump's Ice Cream in a Bag lesson from Simple Science 2. Oh what fun and may I add...Delicious! I loved hearing students shout..."It's turning into a solid!" Parents, I wish I would have video recorded my students shaking their hearts out. Your children are adorable!
A few notes...towels, lots and lots of towels. I had covered my tables with bulletin board paper. It helped, but I still had quite a mess to clean up. Gloves! I had my students wear gloves. They are shaking the bag for about 15 minutes. It gets quite cold. Finally, at least an extra pair of hands. Next year I will ask for a volunteer or two.
It was a great experience. I will be adding this to my must do lessons!