Reflections on Ice
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Did you know you can use different types of light to investigate ice? Explore the properties of ice using different wavelengths of light.
Obtain information about various properties of matter, evaluate how different materials’ properties allow them to be used for particular functions in society and communicate your findings.
Develop and use a model to describe the structure of waves and how they are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
- Ice Investigation Sheets (Shine a Light on Ice,
Color Coded Ice, Visible or Invisible?) 1 of each for each student
- 8 copies of the Amazing Electromagnetic Spectrum Cartoon
- 12 flashlights
- 2 UV lights (blacklights)
- 1 sheet each of red, blue, and green colored gel (colored filters)
- 6 containers that are 6”x 2” or larger (i.e. pans or trays) to hold water
- 1 box of food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue)
- 1 ice cube tray
- 1 small spoon
- 1 bottle of tonic water (preferred) or 2 sheets of white copier paper (alternate)
- 6 sheets of cardstock
- Access to freezer
- Access to a dark room for the group activity
- Gather all materials ahead of time, and review teacher background information about water and ice.
- You will want to split your classroom into small groups for this activity which has three stations.
- Download the GBO printable Reflections on Ice directions below to complete activity.