salt can melt ice

Salt Can Melt Ice

Salt Can Melt Ice
Target text


Read, write, and identify words that end with the /lt/ and /ld/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • salt
  • melt
  • hold
  • cold
  • tilt
  • build


  • Ice
  • Salt
  • Ice tray (optional)
  • Cups
  • Eggs
  • Watercolors
  • Paint brushes
  • Salt Can Melt Ice target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will use salt to make ice melt while they read and write words with the /lt/ and /ld/ blends, such as salt, melt, tilt, built, hold, and cold.

Literacy Activities

Watch salt make ice melt

  • Read the Salt Can Melt Ice target text (see below) with the children.
  • Explain to the children that pouring salt on ice makes the ice melt because it lowers the freezing point of water.
  • Have the children stack ice into a tower.
  • Let the children pour salt on the ice and watch it melt.
  • Have the children write about what will happen when salt is put on ice (e.g., I can build an ice stack. Salt will make ice melt! The ice will tilt as it melts.) 

See how salt makes an egg float

  • See this video for a demonstration of the experiment.
  • Show the children a cup with water and a cup with salt water (use lots of salt); drop an egg in each cup.
  • Explain that salt helps the water hold up the ice.
  • Have the children mix salt into a water cup and label it Salt.
  • Let the children put an egg into the salt water to see it float.
  • Have the children write a sentence about what they saw.

Use a mold to make ice (optional)

  • Explain that when water freezes it turns into ice and that a mold is a container that creates a shape.
  • Ask the children what would happen if they hold an ice cube.
  • Let the children pour water into an ice mold (ice tray) to make ice.
  • Explain that the water will take a few hours to freeze.
  • Have the children write a sentence describing ice (e.g., Ice is very cold. We can use a mold to make ice.)
  • Several hours later, or the next day, unmold the ice and let the children briefly hold an ice cube.

Write target words and see salt make spots

  • Have the children write words from the activity with the /lt/ and /ld/ blends with a permanent marker.
  • Let the children paint around the words using watercolors then sprinkle salt on the paper.
  • Comment how the salt leaves white spots on the paper because it soaks up the water and paint.
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SEEL Target Texts

Salt Can Melt Ice

Ice is cold.
Can you hold ice?
We do not want to hold cold ice.
But we can make ice melt.
We can use salt to make ice melt.

We can build an ice stack. 
We can  put salt on the ice.
Salt can melt ice!
Will the ice stack tilt? 
Halt! No more salt!
We will watch the ice melt. 

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.