Amazing Ice Cubes

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This short lesson is intended to be used as part of a unit on water or properties of matter, or simply as a fun and motivating lesson. Unlike nearly all other substances, water expands when it freezes, and shrinks when it melts. Students discover this unusual property by observing the mesmerizing process of an ice cube melting in cooking oil. Simultaneously, a surprising teacher demonstration prepared at the beginning of the lesson is monitored and discussed at the end of the lesson.

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
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