Christmas Lab - Borax & Epsom Salt Snowflake Ornaments vs Snow Crystals

Christmas Lab - Borax & Epsom Salt Snowflake Ornaments vs Snow Crystals
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Are you looking for a CHRISTMAS LAB to keep students occupied during those last days before break but you still want them COVERING OUTCOMES and using their SCIENTIFIC REASONING SKILLS? This lab is for you!

I made this Borax & Epsom Salt Snowflake Ornament Lab with my Science 9 (chemistry) and Science 10 (chemistry & weather) students in mind.

In addition to making pretty snowflakes, this lab also touches on:

  • formation & comparison of crystals (snow vs salt)
  • changes in states of matter
  • chemical formulas
  • molecular structures
  • atoms
  • lattice structures
  • sources of error

This resurce has:

  • Student Lab Handout (pre-read info, purpose, materials, procedure, observations, & 9 concluding questions)
  • Answer Key (for observations & concluding questions)
  • Photos of snowflake results after 24 hrs
  • How to make pipe cleaner snowflakes - photo instructions
  • Table of Contents
  • A few additional Teacher Notes.

You will need:

  • pipe cleaners
  • borax
  • Epsom salts
  • pencils or popsicle sticks
  • masking tape (for labels)
  • scissors
  • magnifying glass and/or dissecting microscope
  • string/yarn/ribbon
  • stirring rod
  • beakers
  • water
  • kettle or microwave

Happy Holidays!


Looking for more HoLiDaY themed resources? Check out:

Lab - Milk Plastic Ornament - Casein Coagulation

Game - Christmas Chemistry Bingo!

Freebie - Christmas Tree Ecology


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