Lesson plan

Dry ice activities

Do a series of activities using dry ice.
Focus on States of Matter, or Weather, or just dry ice fun.
Science content
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)

Materials in the chosen activities


Do a selection of activities.

For a States of Matter focus:
Review states of matter.
Draw up a temperature number line and add the state changes in water.
Show dry ice, discuss when it sublimates, and add it to the number line.
Dry ice squealing on a spoon demonstration - the metal speeds up sublimation.
Dry ice in tubs on table groups to observe clouds.
Show students how to make tornados.
End with a lemonade soda drink (add dry ice to lemonade in a pitcher, then sieve before distributing to students for drinking).

Grades taught
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5