Lesson Plan

#STEM challenge: Shake it Up Ice Cream Challenge

In this lesson, students will use the skills of prediction, problem solving, and deductive reasoning as they may ice cream in a ziploc bag.
Nancy P.
Technology coordinator
Scheck Hillel Community Day School
North Miami Beach, FL
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • make a prediction about the time it will take to create ice cream from the ingredients.
  • follow directions in printed form.
  • infer whether ice cream will form if additional ingredients are added
  • create a presentation sharing their experiment following the steps of the scientific process
Subjects
Science
Grades 2
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook: Getting students attention

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  1. Ask students where the food they eat comes from.
  2. Show students the cover of the book How Did That Get to My Table: Ice Cream?
    1. Ask fiction or nonfiction?
    2. How do you know?
    3. On your sticky notes jot ideas of things you  learn, things you knew, things you want to know more about.
  3. Read to students.
  4. Think Pair Share with table group to determine 3 things you learned, 2 things you knew, and one thing you want to know more about.
  5. Share with group.
Student Instructions

As you listen to the book How Did That Get To My Table: Ice Cream jot sticky notes for things you learned, things you knew, and things you still want to know more about.

After the book, in your table group share your notes.

2 Scientific process

Activity: Investigating

Ask students if they can make ice cream based on the book read.

Groups decide jobs:
materials- gathers needed materials
scribe- writes down information needed
handler- completes experiment
tech- takes pictures of each step in process, leader for creation of presentation
communications- asks/answers teacher questions
​timer- times the experiment

 

Review steps of scientific process: question, hypothesis, process, experiment, data analysis, conclusion.

Give out student direction sheet. Review directions and job assignments with students.

Have students predict how long it will take to make their ice cream.  

Students follow the steps of the scientific process. 

Share findings with the larger group, complete data analysis and form conclusions.

Link below is the student form
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwLHNCp29G4jQzhnQzhZVEtaVGs/view?usp=sharing

Once experiment is complete, each student can make their own ice cream.

Student Instructions

Groups create norms of how they will work and decide on jobs:
materials- gathers needed materials
scribe- writes down information needed
handler- completes experiment
tech- takes pictures of each step in process, leader for creation of presentation
communications- asks/answers teacher questions
​timer- times the experiment

Follow the steps of the scientific process.

Record information needed.

Link below is the student form
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwLHNCp29G4jQzhnQzhZVEtaVGs/view?usp=sharing

Once experiment is complete, each student can make their own ice cream.

3 Create and Share

Students will use their information form and their pictures of the experiment to create a presentation to share what they learned from the experiment. 

Students can use any/all of the creation APPs to create their presentations. 

Once students have created their presentation they will add it to the class  Padlet.

Student Instructions

Take your information from the experiment and your photographs and create a presentation that shows the steps of the scientific process followed in this experiment and the results. 

The tech member of your group will hold the iPad and complete tasks, the other members will give directions and feedback following the groups norms established earlier.

Educreations how to 

Pic Collage how to

Shadow Puppet how to 

Padlet how to

4 Conclusion and wrap up

Padlet
Free, Paid

Use the class Padlet and share each groups presentation.

Student presentations are graded on: 

  • inclusion of each step of scientific process
  • inclusion of photographs of the project
  • clearly explained steps and results
  • self reflection forms

Student self reflection form example

 

Student Instructions

View all groups projects.

Complete personal reflection form.