Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Science K–12 Learning Standards:
EALR 4: Physical Science
Big Idea: Matter: Properties and Change (PS2)
Core Content: Liquids and Solids
Click on the photos to enlarge.
Begin by having a discussion with students on solid and liquid states of matter (you can use a KWL chart with this lesson if desired). Be sure to ask for/provide examples and characteristics for each state. Students will then have a hands-on opportunity to practice turning a liquid into a solid by making their ice cream. Fill the gallon bag with a couple handfuls of ice and ¼ cup salt. Fill the sandwich bag with sugar, vanilla, and milk. Seal the sandwich bag and put inside the gallon bag. Seal the gallon bag and shake until the liquid turns into ice cream. Serve ice cream and allow students to enjoy while having a second class discussion to share their findings.
Click here to print the Ice Cream in a Bag Learning Rubric
Click on the course icon for enrollment information.
- Cooking with Kids
Give a tortilla to each child. Fill with cooked ground beef, cheese, and/or vegetables.
Give each child a plastic cup and a spoon. Now place a scoop of rainbow sherbert ice cream. Poor some cream soda over the ice cream. Now sprinkle with sprinkles over the top of it all.
Shake a Pudding
Pour the amount of milk called for on the pudding package into a plastic bowl. Add contents of the pudding mix. Place lid on bowl. Let the children take turns shaking the bowl of pudding mix. Spoon into bowls and eat!
Funny, Fruity, Pizzas
Have the children wash the fruit. Children can peel bananas and oranges or pluck grapes from their stems. An adult should cut the fruit into small pieces. Split the English muffins. Give each child one half. Have the children place a slice of cheese on each muffin. Toast the English muffins until the cheese melts. Have each child top his or her muffin with fruit.
You'll need Favorite fruits and rounded tooth picks. Wash your hands. Have the children help you clean the fruit and then cut what they safely can. Put several pieces of fruit on each toothpick. Set all the kabobs on a plate.
Pink Sweetheart Pop Treats
Mix together 2 cups of plain yogurt, one can (12 ounces) cranberry apple juice concentrate and two teaspoons of vanilla. Pour mixture into small paper cups and insert plastic spoons for handles. Chill in freezer until set. Makes 8 servings.