How Can We Stop Ice From Melting?

How Can We Stop Ice From Melting?

Lesson 6 of 18 in this unit

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Lesson summary

Students conduct an experiment to measure the effect of insulators on the rate of ice melting. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • describe how to cause or prevent a change of state.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct an experiment to prove a theory. 

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Science:

Students learn to:

  • investigate the observable properties of solids and liquids and how adding or removing heat energy leads to a change of state (AC9S3U04)

Relevant parts of Year 3 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 3, students describe how to cause a change of state.

Resources required

  • Aluminium foil
  • Fabric, such as teatowels
  • Ice cubes
  • Newspaper
  • Several small cardboard boxes
  • Stopwatch
  • Styrofoam

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations. 

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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