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This winter demonstration answers the question: “When does snow melt?”

Subject:

Science  

Grade:

1  

Title – When does Snow Melt?
By – Elizabeth Orth
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 1st

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:

    112.3.b.1.7 Science concepts. The student knows that many types of change occur. The student is expected to:

      (B) Identify and test ways that heat may cause change such as when ice melts.

Objective:

    The students will be able to explain at what temperature ice melts, after experiencing the snow melting in a cup and watching the temperature of a thermometer go up.

Introduction:

    Take the children outside and fill a glass with snow. Place a thermometer in the glass and show what the temperature is.

Explanation/Modeling/Method of Explanation:

    Take the children and the glass back inside and have students sit in a circle with the glass in the middle. While they are sitting in the circle, explain briefly about the melting and freezing point.

Learning activities/Reinforcement/Individual Assessment:

    After about five minutes, the snow should have melted. Let the students observe how the snow has changed and the new temperature.

Closure:

    To close, talk about how you can change different things into liquid by heating.

Relevancy:

    Students will learn about melting points.

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