USES SAFE/EASY/FUN Materials! -- M&M's, petri dish (can be bowl), water, colored pencils.
GOOD FOR 4th grade through UPPER GRADES! (7th, 8th, 9th...).
This is the traditional M&M lab, but ON STEROIDS! This VERY CLEAR lab guides students through a whole journey of DISCOVERY. One section even presents a DISCREPANT EVENT!
Students take a PERSONAL STAKE in their learning!
Students make predictions BEFORE each experiment by drawing what they expect to happen, and then they draw what REALLY HAPPENED after each one! They also WRITE short answers comparing & contrasting their predictions vs. their results.
This lab has FIVE EXPERIMENTS which start simple, and then get progressively more complex. The LAST & ULTIMATE step has students designing/creating their OWN setup with the M&M's.
THIS IS AN ELEVEN PAGE PACKET and the last page has students reflect/review on their lab, and what inferences and observations are. ALSO COMES WITH TEACHER'S NOTES and one powerpoint slide for cleanup.
NEW TEACHER? EXPERIENCED TEACHER? Does not matter! This is a fun, safe, and easy to do hands-on lab that students LOVE. I used to do this over MULTIPLE DAYS! You could do this lab for 5 days in a row, if you WANTED TO STRETCH IT OUT, by having students do ONE experiment every day -- in this case it would NOT take up the entire class period. TALK ABOUT GETTING STUDENTS EXCITED TO COME BACK TO YOUR CLASS EACH DAY!!!!!!!!!!!