Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Dew and Frost

Lab Summary

Use a fast-response temperature sensor and a model simulate the weather conditions responsible for the formation of dew and frost.


To understand this content, students:

  • Create dew and frost on the outside of a beaker and measure their temperatures.
  • Duplicate dew and frost formation conditions inside a terrarium and measure the dew point.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

PASPORT 6-in-1 Weather Sensor


Measures barometric pressure, relative altitude, absolute and relative humidity, dew point, and temperature. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Beaker, 250-mL or cup or jar of similar size 
Stirring stick or spoon 
Crushed ice - 180 mL
Water, distilled - 125 mL
Salt - 20 mL
Rubber band 
Soda bottle terrarium 
Potting soil - 500 mL
Gravel, vermiculite or perlite - 200 mL
Large bowl to mix the soil 
Pie pan 
Plastic storage bag, gallon sized, re-sealable 
Soda bottle, clear, cleaned, 2-L 
Small plants of the same variety - 3
Tape - Several pieces
Water, warm - 100 mL
Dry ice, broken up - 1 block
Tongs for handling the dry ice 

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.