Teaching Idea ~ Surface Area Experiment

This surface area experiment ties science and math skills together in a fun and interesting way.Surface Area Experiment Idea + Free PowerPoint

The Experiment

Give each student two ice cubes individually packaged in Ziploc bags. Chop one ice cube; leave the other whole. Have students observe the ice cubes first to determine which contains the most surface area. Next students record the amount of time it takes for each ice cube to melt. This experiment is a great cross-curricular activity between math and science. It proves that the more surface area the ice has exposed the quicker the ice will melt.

Unfortunately, I could not find the printable that goes with this activity.


Here is the PowerPoint I created to teach Freezing, Melting, and Evaporation.

The PowerPoint contains the following:

  • definitions of melting, freezing, boiling, evaporation, condensing, and sublimating
  • a 10 Question Multiple Choice Quiz in which students must identify which state the water is in
  • information ~ Factors that Influence the Rate of Evaporation
  • information ~ Factors that Influence the Rate of Melting and Freezing
  • a 12 Question Multiple Choice Quiz about Factors that Influence the Freezing, Melting, and Evaporation Rates

You can download the free PowerPoint here.


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Gay Miller

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