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The Snowman 'Ice' Experiment
Transcript of The Snowman 'Ice' Experiment
'The Snowman' is a classic book about a young boy who builds a snowman and comes to life. The young boy goes on an adventure with the snowman where the famous song 'Walking In The Air' is played. The book ends when the boys wakes up in the morning and finds that his snowman has melted.
investigate how the change of ice from a solid to a liquid is a reversible change
Links to NC
Cross Curricular Links
Current National Curriculum
Sc1 - Scientific Enquiry (Investigative Skills)
Sc3 - Materials and their Processes (Changing Materials 2d)
Links with English - En2 - Reading (Reading for Information)
Links with ICT - 2h. Exchanging and sharing information in a variety of forms
(e.g. posters, displays, etc)
New National Curriculum - Science PoS
States of Matter
- observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
Properties and Changes of Materials
- demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
Resources for Experiment
is Melting... :(
Why does ice melt?
How can we tell the ice is melting?
Where has the water come from?
We need to bring the snowman back again.. What could we do?
The snowman is back!
Solid Liquid Solid
Links to Teachers Standards
A teacher must set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils (TS1)
Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils (TS2)
Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge (TS3)
Plan and teach well structured lessons (TS4)
Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils (TS5)
Make accurate and productive use of assessment (TS6)
Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment (TS7)
Fulfill wider professional responsibilities (TS8)
During this process the solid melts to a liquid and then freezes back to a solid!
solid, liquid, reversible change, temperature, state, freezing, melting, heat
This experiment is
This is called a REVERSIBLE CHANGE!
Health and Safety
Tie back long hair
Clear any water spills immediately
Moving on from this investigation, children can enhance their learning by:
Investigating which thermal insulators would help the snowman from melting
In this experiment children would wrap ice with different types of materials, such as newspaper, bubble wrap, tin foil, etc, in order to find which ice cube is the last to melt and as a result find the best thermal insulator to keep the snowman from melting.
Predict which thermal insulator would be the best to keep the snowman from melting
Ice Cube Tray
We can fill up the ice cube tray with water
and put it in the freezer overnight...
Let's see what happens...
Get an adult to pour the water and put the ice cube tray in the freezer to avoid any spills