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Potion Commotion


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Potion Commotion

In this hands-on science experiment, students combine their understanding of the different states of matter and the characteristics of various chemical reactions. Learners also use the scientific process, by asking questions, making observations, gathering data and discussing the results regarding the different reactions that are formed. Teachers can download the Data Sheet (page 5 of the Activity Resources page), for students to record their observations during the activity.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


  • vegetable oil
  • white vinegar
  • water
  • baking soda
  • effervescent tablets (like Alka SeltzerĀ®)
  • food coloring
  • 4 clear plastic cups (per kid)
  • pencils (1 per kid)
  • paper towels
  • data sheet

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • WGBH

Source Collection:

  • FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman

Rights:

  • WGBH Educational Foundation, 2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0840307
  • Public television viewers
  • Chuck E. Cheese's

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