Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Science/Art
- newsprint paper
- aluminum foil
- watercolor, food coloring in water, or watered-- down tempera paint
- chalk and crayon
- chart paper
- medium-size paintbrushes
- containers for water
Objective: Children will see how paper reacts to temperature changes.
In Advance: Ask the children to predict what they think would happen to paper if it were frozen. Do they think they could paint on frozen paper? Record the children's predictions on chart paper. Tell the children that they will have the opportunity to test their predictions as they engage in several frozen-- paper investigations!
1 To prepare the paper for freezing, give each child a large sheet of newsprint paper and one or two pieces of aluminum foil. (The aluminum foil base should be a bit larger than the newsprint.) Ask the children to put the newsprint on top of the foil and paint it with water until the entire sheet of paper is wet.
2 Once all their paper has been saturated, the children can begin layering the paper by placing the foil between each wet sheet. Freeze overnight.
3 The following day, ask the children to help you remove the paper from the freezer. Remove the foil to reveal the frozen newsprint. Give each child a sheet of frozen paper, keeping the aluminum foil as a base.
4 Set up an area with watercolors, tempera paint, chalk, and crayons. Encourage the children to use the variety of materials to color their frozen paper. What happens to the materials when they are first applied to the frozen paper? What happens to the paper as it begins to "thaw"? How do the different materials react to the frozen paper? How do the same materials react to the paper as it melts? Invite the children to compare their initial predictions with what they have learned.
5 Ask the children to predict what they think would happen if the papers were placed back into the freezer. Record their predictions. Place the papers back into the freezer, let them freeze overnight, and discover the results the next day.
Movement: Freeze and Thaw to Music!
Play some music the children like, and ask them to move as though they were thawing or melting. When the music stops, children will freeze.