Icy Road Investigation is a hands-on science activity that uses simple materials to help your students understand why roads are treated with a mixture of sand and salt during the winter. After conducting the investigation, students will discuss how sand and salt affect ice and how these findings can be used to make icy roads safer in winter. This science experiment can be completed by students working with a partner or in cooperative learning teams. The activity involves placing ice cubes or crushed ice in zippered plastic bags with sand and salt so students can observe the effects of those two substances on the melting ice. The Icy Road Investigation product includes one page of teacher directions with key points to discuss and a 3-page lab report for students to complete.
This activity can be used in a general science classroom or as a part of an earth science or physical science unit.
Check out my January Learning Fun Activities pack!
The Icy Road Investigation is one of the seasonal activities in my January Learning Fun Activities pack. This 28-page packet has directions and over a dozen printables for January or winter including literacy, math, science, and social studies activities. Most of the lessons are designed for cooperative learning teams or pairs, but many can be used for independent work as well. Click HERE to preview the whole packet!
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