Online Resource: Quick Freeze Boiling Water

Winter brings very cold weather to many of us. I found videos online that demonstrate a variety of people tossing boiling water into sub freezing air. Amazing crystals form in beautiful collections.

Children can be fascinated watching videos and then language and cooperation skills can be strengthened with a followup discussion of what was observed.

Here are a few resources I’d like to share with you.

Quick Science: Dancing Spaghetti

Pour a can of clear or lightly colored soft drink into a transparent container. Drop in a few pieces of raw pasta.

Initially the pasta sinks to the bottom of the container because each piece is denser than the liquid.

Bubbles of gas attach to the pasta and it slowly rises to the surface.

Your students are pretty interested at this point in just what’s going on!

Quick Science: Cohesion Pepper

Cohesion is a property of liquids. Water is very cohesive, it sticks to itself.

I like using a cohesion activity when a group of students needs to learn to work in teams. This can lead to a discussion about being a cohesive group.

Click on the link for this post to read more and find a link to a free product at my TpT store that includes a take home activity and a dozen copyright free images you can use to introduce this topic.

Snowflakes with Coffee Filters

An easy way for you and your students to create a simple snowflake that’s scientifically correct, it has six points!

Coffee filters are round so there’s no need to cut off extra paper. The paper is thin so it’s easier to cut several layers. Use clear tape in a few of the cutouts to attach the snowflake to the window where the translucent paper makes a lovely scene.