We've been studying the states of matter this week and I came across an activity that I knew my kids would love. It allowed us to have a great conversation about each state and how heating and cooling cause changes in states of matter. And most importantly (to my kiddos, anyway) it involved a competition! They get very excited about competitions.
First, we looked at a chart that I had created about how the molecules act in each state of matter. We even became molecules ourselves and moved as we would in each state. Our discussion time allowed the kids to use prior knowledge about what happens to ice and water from everyday experiences. We then reviewed the Scientific Method and I explained the directions of our "experiment." Each one of them made a hypothesis about which "action" would make their ice cube melt faster.
Let the competition begin! They took turns rolling their die and performed each action to their ice cube. They had a blast! This was a great way to end a dreary, rainy school day. Enjoy!
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