Objective: Children will explore building structures with ice cubes and will compare this to building with blocks.
An igloo is a type of temporary shelter made of snow. An igloo, also called a snow hut or snow house, is constructed of blocks of compacted snow stacked in a dome shape. Hard-packed snow is used to build igloos because of the trapped air pockets, which make a good insulator. Body heat gets trapped inside the igloo, and the thick snow walls block the wind.
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These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.