Interactive Science Notebook Candy Weathering Lab
This activity is perfect for middle school students studying the new science standards. This lab sheet folds in half to fit into your interactive science notebook. If you are not doing notebooks, it is still a fun graphic organizer you can print front and back.
We used this lab to study chemical and mechanical weathering.
Pipettes or droppers
Paper plates or plastic containers
Skittles (2-3 per student) I bought $5.00 worth and had plenty left over for 125 students
Plastic cups or containers for water
One container that has a lid
Students use the lab sheet instructions to investigate chemical and mechanical weathering.
The lab sheet also come with questions and an answer key with pictures from my students doing the lab. They drip water on the skittles to mimic chemical weathering such as oxidation. Then, they shake the skittles in a plastic container, which they loved doing, to represent mechanical weathering.
Middle School Science Standards Addressed:
MS-ESS2-1.Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.]