I LOVE to do hands on science with my students. One of the requirements for mastery in third grade is an understanding of the steps of the scientific method. Take a look at the pictures of my students completing a lab on making bubbles. The materials were inexpensive, I had some small clear cups that I recycle often during experiments, straws, hand lenses, cooking oil, dial soap and soap from the classroom sink. The students each got a lab sheet that they attached to a clipboard, partnered up and got to work. In this lab…they generated their own hypothesis and completed multiple trials. Several students extended the lab at home, using other materials that they wondered about. A good time was had by all! Some students brought in goggles from home for the project…since the previous science lessons were about safety while completing labs. The last photo is of my sweet student Jakeem. He didn’t have scientific goggles, but he DID have SWIM goggles! Isn’t he just precious? Love that kid! 🙂
The lab work sheet is at the bottom if you’d like to try it with your students!