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.
Many areas in the world have winter temperatures that stay cold for long periods of time. Many communities in these areas have winter festivals. Contests to build structures out of ice are very popular. In some cities, ice palaces, ice castles, and ice sculptures are built and draw huge crowds of tourists. Ice palaces or ice castles are built using large blocks of ice from nearby frozen lakes or rivers. Ice sculptures are three-dimensional works of art that are carved from large blocks of ice.
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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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