Ice Melt

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In this activity, learners will explore basic information about thermodynamics by experimenting with ice. Learners will compare ice melting rates on metal pans or plastic cutting boards. This activity uses common to find house hold items. This activity provides step by step instructions and extension activities. A Spanish version of the activity is also included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Ice cubes
  • Metal baking sheet or pan
  • Plastic cutting board or container
  • Wooden cutting board (optional)



  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
    • States of Matter


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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