Center Focus

Ice Insulation

  1. You will need the following materials:
    • ice cubes
    • paper towels
    • wax paper
    • plastic wrap
    • metric balance
    • newspapers
    • aluminum foil
  2. The objective of this center is for students to find the best way to insulate an ice cube to prevent it from melting.
  3. Students can work in a center group, wrapping ice cubes in the various materials.
  4. Students will first need to weigh the ice cube before they wrap it. They will also need to make a chart where they can compare the different methods and record the weight after a specified amount of time.
  5. They should also leave one ice cube uninsulated (as a control) to compare results at the end of the experiments.
  6. After one hour (or less depending on the temperature of your classroom), have students unwrap the ice cubes, weigh them, record the data, and come to a conclusion as to which method was best.

More Center Focus Ideas

Chinese Symbols
Cinderella, Cinderella
What Do You Picture
How Long Would It Take?
West African Tale
Take for Granted
If You Could Be An Animal
Depict an Event
Speech Writing
Am I a Square?
Ten Black Dots
Where Did He Go?
"Thanksgiving" Poem
Time Capsule Diorama
Discover the Explorers
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Egg Weight
Observe An Inchworm
Fact and Opinion
"A Busy Year" Art
The Real Reason
Halloween Word Search
Picture Poems
Interview a Veteran
Discover Music
Presidential Fractions
Pumpkin Volumes
Potato Latkes
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Back to Back
Who Is That?
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
How Far is Sydney?
Persuasive Essay About "Millennium"
Irish Mobiles
Washer Weights
Pocket Chart
The Scariest Thing
The Mayflower Voyage
Letter of Apology
Columbus Portraits
Personal vs. Country Pride
Hero or Not?
All About Columbus
Valentine Flower Pots
National Olympic Trends
Melting Ice
Martin Luther King Jr.