When it's cold outside, do some winter science!
Today's Topic: Snow & Ice
black construction paper (to catch and view snowflakes if they're falling)
cookie sheets filled with water and frozen into sheets of ice
Things that might slide across ice (metal drink lids, balls, marbles, toy cars, etc.)
Things that might not slide across ice (cotton balls, felt scraps, feathers, etc.)
The snowy day / Keats, Ezra Jack
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"): Hockey Science!
Since most of our sheets of ice were really rough (they'd been formed outside during a snowfall), AND since there was a fat layer of new snow outside (and more fell in the afternoon), I decided to add some snow science to my original ice science lesson plan. Some of the ideas I had included:
--melt a cup of snow to see how much water it contains.
--What can you do to make snow melt faster?
--How tall can you build an indoor snowman on a cookie sheet?
What the kids actually did:
make a hockey puck out of packed snow (it doesn't slide very well)
build a snowman that matches your shirt
race some cars
Add some weight to the cars
Figure out which moves more quickly--a lid right-side-up or upside-down?
Point out the differences between ice created in the freezer vs. left outside in the cold.
Eating the snow (of course)