This is such a fun and simple science experiment that effortlessly integrates reading & writing!
Students will learn about why why some liquids freeze faster than others through a close read article. They will complete an experiment to discover how liquid viscosity impacts how quickly a liquid will freeze. This experiment presents a concept like viscosity in a simple and engaging way that students will understand.
For the experiment students will put water, dish soap, vinegar, apple juice, chocolate syrup, and ranch in an ice cube tray. They will place the tray in the freeze and observe every 30 minutes. After stirring the liquid they will record their observations and place back in the freezer. Everything needed to complete the scientific process and set up the written experiment is included!
1. Have students read the article or read it together as a class. This article builds background knowledge, but still allows them to create their own hypothesis. I complete a close read with the article and lead a class discussion.
2. After reading the article, you are ready to set up the experiment. I have included an example for you. Students will set up and complete the experiment while recording their observations. I included two versions of the experiment set up. Primary students may benefit most from the fill in the blank template while intermediate students are ready to set up the entire experiment themselves.
3. After completing the experiment students write a paragraph informing others about what they have learned. I have included two templates for the rough draft. Some students will be ready to write a basic paragraph with simple supporting details. Other students will be ready to take it a step further by adding an interesting detail to each supporting sentence. I have also included an example of a rough draft and final draft.
4. Finally, after students have edited their rough draft they copy their final draft paragraph onto the final draft paper and display for the whole school to see!
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