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Lesson Plan #:AELP-PHY0018

Ice Cream In A Bag

An AskERIC Lesson Plan

Submitted by:Cindy Robinson, Owasso Junior High, Owasso, Oklahoma
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center's Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.
Date: May 1994

Grade Level: Appropriate for 8-9; Matter

OVERVIEW:  The concepts of matter can be at times too
"scientific".  This activity enables the students to observe
the changes of matter in a fun way.

OBJECTIVE(s):  Students will be able to:
1.  Observe matter changing states.
2.  To describe change.

4 beaten eggs, 2 cups sugar, 4 cups half and half, 2
teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, milk, clean gallon jug
with cap, crushed ice, table salt, spoons and cups, large
re-sealable plastic bag (1 for each 2 students), small re-
sealable plastic bag (1 for each 2 students).

**NOTE:  This activity is more pleasant for the teacher when
it is done outdoors!

1.   Place the beaten eggs, sugar, half and half, vanilla,
     and salt in the clean gallon jug.  Add milk until the
     jug is almost full.  Place the cap on the jug and shake
     well to mix all the ingredients.
2.   Give each pair of students a small re-sealable bag.
     Pour approximately 1 cup ice cream mixture in each bag.
     Seal well.
3.   Give each pair of students a large re-sealable bag half
     filled with ice. Have the students place the ice cream
     filled bag into the bag of ice. The students should
     place about 1/4 cup of salt over the ice. Seal the
     large bags.
4.   The students can take turns or work together to "churn"
     the ice cream. The ice should be continually moved
     around the ice cream mixture.
     Note:  additional salt may be added to decrease
     freezing time. Have the students guess how long it will
     take to freeze the ice cream
5.   When the ice cream is frozen, remove it from the bags,
     place in individual cups and allow the students to
     enjoy their ice cream!
6.   Have the students compare their guesses to the actual
     time it took the ice cream to freeze.

1.  Why did some bags of ice cream freeze faster than
    others ?
2.  Would twice as much ice it to freeze twice as fast ?
3.  How would the absence of salt affect the freezing

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