With icicles, ice rinks, and snow a bound, what better time to have a little fun with some ice exploration?
Now that there is snow on the ground, ice is everywhere. The morning before I teach this lesson, I add ice to the sensory table, including icicles and snow if possible. This give the kids a chance to explore ice without the food coloring or salt, which we will explore later.
Here are my lesson plans:
Lesson Title: Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten.
Objectives: Students will use senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.
Materials: Book: Mice On Ice by
- Trays or plastic containers
- Colored ice cubes (add food coloring to the water before freezing) or blocks of ice (frozen in plastic bowls the night before) – keep frozen outside
Introduction: First, read the book, Mice on Ice.
Ask, “Have you noticed that everything seems to be covered in ice? Where did all this ice come from?”
Students discuss where they think the ice came from.
Say, “Today we will be exploring ice, and observing ice melting.”
Show students the bin of colored ice. Engage the class in a discussion about ice, what they notice about ice, what it feels like, where have they seen it, have they ever been ice skating? etc.
Engagement Activity: During the lesson, students explore how salt makes the ice melt faster and can see the process easily because the ice is colored. Students work at tables exploring the ice blocks, adding the salt to the ice, noting that the ice melts faster when the salt is put on it.
Assessment: Objectives will be met when students explore the process of ice melting and make 2 observations about how the ice is melting and what they think is causing the ice to melt.
Large Motor Connection Activity: Freeze Dance