Year 3

Melting moments

Put the ice-blocks in the cupboard and the chocolate in the oven… Wait, what? That doesn’t sound right! Let’s investigate how adding and removing heat can change something from a solid to a liquid and back again, and never accidentally put your chocolate in the oven again!

Melting moments addresses the AC Science Understanding ACSSU046 A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat, in the context of changing everyday objects using heat.

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Melting moments provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • exploring how solids or liquids are influenced by temperature
  • experience the way items from their everyday lives can change
  • inquire about heating, cooling, or freezing selected materials
  • discuss and explain the difference between solids and liquids

Students apply their new learning by:

  • investigating how shape and size affects the melting time of chocolate

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Melting moments, students represent and explain their understanding about how a change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat, by creating these representations:

  • Line drawing
  • Storyboard
  • Role-play
  • Data table
  • Procedural text
  • Graphs
  • Word walls

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Melting moments sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Melting moments unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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