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Here is a fun science lesson I recently put together and taught during our term theme on colours. The pupils in my class all have a diagnosis of autism and severe learning difficulties and are working around P levels (UK assessment) P4 – P8. This would also be great for an early years science lesson.

 

The coloured ice and oil experiment!

coloured ice and oil

Resources needed
  • coloured ice cubes (water with food colouring),
  • vegetable oil,
  • salt shaker,
  • water,
  • 1 tray or plate per pupil (clear or white to show the colours from the ice cubes)
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • glue sticks
Extension activity/ second week progression lesson additional resources:
  • salt shaker
  • water
  • materials to explore ice with such as paint brushes and sponges
 

making coloured ice

 

 

Plan

Starter:

PowerPoint visual lesson starter to show the pupils what they will be going to do (download below).

Main:

Teacher demonstrate putting oil on the tray or plate and then taking 2-3 coloured ice cubes out of the ice tray and place onto the oil. Model observing and feeling changes in the ice whilst saying and signing key words such as the colours. Watch as the colours run into the oil. Ask questions if appropriate. Hand out 1 tray or plate per pupil and each pupil to take 2-3 ice cubes and observe and feel the changes in the ice.

Extension activity/ second week lesson:

Teacher to demonstrate pouring salt or water over the ice and using the materials provided such as sponges or paint brushes to explore the melting of the ice cubes. Pupils to use the materials themselves and experiment with the coloured ice, oil, salt and water. Discuss or identify key words/ signs as appropriate for the level of the pupils.

Plenary:

Teacher model completing a worksheet related to the experiment. They are all cutting and sticking activity sheets based on the experiment aimed to cement learning and provide a basis for naming and signing key words as well as to aid discussion if appropriate. The first page is the one to be cut and the second is to be stuck onto.

Group 1 worksheet (P4 – P5): cut and match photo of experiment

Group 2 worksheet (P6): cut and match 4 colours to colours with photo of experiment

Download Group 3 worksheet (P7-P8): match colour symbols to coloured ice cubes or write the names of colours with a photo of the experiment (download below).

 

Learning Objectives

Group 1:

  • Observe and explore coloured ice cubes melting on oil.

Group 2:

  • Experiment with coloured ice cubes on oil
  • Name and/or sign 1 colour

Group 3:

  • Experiment with coloured ice cubes and predict what will happen to the ice cubes.
  • Name and/or sign 2 or more colours
 

Key Vocabulary:

colour, yellow, green, blue, red, ice, water, oil, melt, cold, wet, pour, touch,

Enjoy! I’d love to hear if you use the lesson ideas and resources or if you would be interested in further lesson plans and resources!


Steph Reed

Hi I’m Steph Reed, an Autism Specialist Teacher and Consultant. Following 10 years of teaching many incredible autistic young people with complex needs, I developed and led a School Autism Outreach Service, and have also been part of a senior leadership team as SENCo and Inclusion Leader. I now provide outreach, training and consultancy with practical support to schools, services and families using personalised, child-centered and evidence-based approaches. I also have personal experience of learning ‘differently’ and with success! I am here to support you in feeling confident and skilled in meeting diverse needs and ensuring children are reaching their potential.

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