Science projects are an important part of any science curriculum because seeing is believing. Kindergarten students will learn about concepts, such as condensation when they see it occur, and not so much when they just hear about it. Here's a great experiment to bring science to life.
Your students will need the following items to complete this assignment:
- 3 glass jars
- 2 trays of ice cubes
- 3 small bowls
- Clock or a stop watch
- Measuring spoon
by Steve Woods
Follow the steps below to complete your condensation project:
- Have one student place three small bowls either on the teacher's desk or a long table.
- Have a second student place one glass jar inside each of the three small bowls.
- Have a third student place a label in front of each glass jar. The first jar should be labeled "A" or "1". The second jar can be labeled either "B" or "2". The third jar should be labeled "C" or "3".
- Have a fourth student fill the first glass jar (glass A or 1) with ice cubes. The jar should be filled to the top.
- Another student should fill glass jar B or 2 half way with ice cubes.
- Jar C or 3 should remain empty.
- Have each student take out a notebook. Have them label the top of the journal page with an A on the left, a B in the middle, and a C on the right. Then have them draw two lines to separate all three columns.
- Have the children write about or draw each of the three glasses so far under the appropriate column.
- Now have one student monitor the clock for one hour. If the children haven't started learning time yet, then set a timer for them.
- After one hour, have one child measure any water that is found in the bowls underneath the cups. They should not measure the water inside the cups, just the water inside the bowls. They should use a measuring spoon.
- Write the total number of teaspoons onto the black board and have the students record the answer in their notebooks under the right column.
- Watch the clock for another hour and then repeat the process of measuring the water in each cup and then recording it in the notebooks. Have each child take a turn and repeat this process until all of the ice cubes have melted. You may finish the assignment the next morning.
- Talk with the students about condensation. Review what happened with each glass and why. Have the students comment if they noticed anything from their notes. Make sure each child understands what they witnessed.