# Measurement: Bubble Mania

### Source Institutions

PBS

In this math lesson, learners practice measurement skills as they examine a soap bubble print. Learners follow a recipe to make a soap bubble solution. They use the soapy solution to blow large bubbles with a plastic drinking straw until the bubbles pop, leaving behind circular prints. Learners find the diameter, circumference, and area of the bubble print.

### Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
\$1 - \$5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

### Materials List (per group of students)

• Bubble wand, paper cup with bottom cut out, or other device to blow bubbles
• Bubble solution
• Cut-out of circle for board demonstration
• Ruler
• Plastic drinking straws
• Plastic containers to hold bubble solution
• Water
• Liquid measuring cups
• Small cloths
• Dishwashing liquid
• Rulers (30 cm)
• Sentence strips
• Spoons or paint stirrers
• Laminated grids designating square units (approximately 45cm x 45cm)
• Activity Sheets: Centimeter Square Graph Paper

### Subjects

• Mathematics
• Algebra
• Measurement
• Units of Measurement
• Circles
• Number and Operations
• Problem Solving

• Toys

### Audience

• see
• touch

#### Learning styles supported:

• Involves teamwork and communication skills
• Involves hands-on or lab activities

• Free access