Embracing national ice cream day for learning


Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month in the United States of America? The popular dairy dessert has had its own official food holiday since Ronald Reagan proclaimed it in 1984. No matter how you lượt thích your ice cream – in a bowl or on a cone, July is the month to lớn celebrate it! Here are some fun educational activities to help celebrate your summer’s favorite food holiday.

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When is National Ice Cream Day?

In 1984, the 40th President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month và the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to lớn observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Why Would Kids Engage with this Topic?

If you ask most children, every day is a good day to lớn eat ice cream. So, if you’re looking for a way to engage your students then celebrating National Ice Cream Day is the perfect way. This topic is sure lớn keep students engaged and is a great theme that crosses over into all subjects.

Educational Activities for Learning

There is no better way to lớn observe National Ice Cream Day then lớn celebrate with some ice cream inspired activities. Here are a few ideas.

Making Ice Cream with Science

A fun activity to vì on National Ice Cream Day is to make ice cream. There is a lot of chemistry that goes into making this tasty treat và Science Buddies has a fun experiment for kids called “Ice Cream in a Bag”. This simple science experiment will have students making their own ice cream và learning how the process becomes a creamy delicious treat they can eat. Khổng lồ extend the activity have students try one bite of each students’ ice cream & write a reviews about it.

Fun Facts about Ice Cream

Did you know that the average American eats 48 pints of ice cream each year? Did you also know that in order to make one gallon of ice cream you need twelve pounds of milk? These are just two of the many facts about ice cream. For this activity students will break into small groups và research 5 facts about ice cream. Once groups have found their ice cream facts the class will join together to lớn create one “Fun Facts about Ice Cream” poster to lớn post on the school’s trang web during National Ice Cream Month in July.

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Learn the History of Ice Cream

Students can discover ice cream’s past by watching this short video đoạn clip of the history of ice cream or this longer video. After learning about the history of ice cream students can fill out a graphic organizer about the story of ice cream. Have students divide their paper into four sections: Ancient Ice Cream, The 1800’s, the 1900’s, and Ice Cream Today. Then, have students use the information they learned in the video(s) to lớn help them fill out the graphic organizer.

Learn Money Math by Building an Ice Cream Sundae

Counting & using money is a practical life skill that all children need to know. For this activity students will use their money math skills to build an ice cream sundae that they can eat. To begin you must purchase ice cream and a variety of toppings. Next, decide on a price for each topping & label each topping. Give each student kém chất lượng (or real) money và have them take turns acting as a customer lớn select và buy their ice cream toppings. Khổng lồ help students figure out the total price allow them lớn use a scrap piece of paper. Once students have paid for và built their sundae, allow them to lớn eat it.

Describing Ice Cream to lớn an Alien

If you’re looking for a fun writing activity lớn get your students’ creative juices flowing, then have them answer the writing prompt “If you were khổng lồ describe ice cream to lớn someone from another planet how would you describe it?” Encourage students khổng lồ get creative and use descriptive words to explain this tasty treat. To lớn extend the activity have students create an illustration to go along with their descriptions.

Become a Taste Tester

Everyone loves ice cream và there is no better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day (and month) then khổng lồ become an ice cream taste tester. For this activity you must purchase several different flavors of ice cream. Then, instruct students that they will become “taste testers” lớn vote on và give a đánh giá of the best flavor ice cream. Once students have tasted all of the flavors provided, they must review each flavor and give it between one and five scoops (similar to rating something in stars) as well as write a reviews about why they gave it the number of scoops they did. Once all of the đánh giá are in và tallied, the teacher will announce the most popular and least popular ice cream flavor.

Remember, Ronald Reagan gave us the entire month of July to celebrate ice cream, so you don’t have to try & fit in all of these activities into just one day.