MELT AND POUR SOAP BAR and SOAP BUBBLE SOLUTION
For many years I had my students make soap, but this is difficult to do and generally produces soap that would not be safe to use. In this lab students use premade melt and pour soap base that has already been prepared by a professional company. Students only need to melt the base and pour it into a silicone mold and add fragrances, (optional herbs). The compny I use is called Bramble Berry Soap Supplies. Materials can be ordered from - https://www.brambleberry.com at ever reasonable prices.
There is still a tremendous amount of chemistry for students to learn and you will never see them more excited about coming to class for this one. (I usually demonstrate making real soap in advance to the lab.)
As a separate lab, your students may make their own Soap Bubble Solution and Super Bouncing Soap Bubbles. Recipes are included here.
What you get…
Picto-Notes and soap bubble solution and bouncing bubble solution recipes
Concept review questions
Advanced activities for accelerated students, differentiated learning activities, QPA’s and Optional Competency Grading
A word about ‘Zip Labs’: Horizontal & Vertical Lesson Planning
In general, Zip Labs are science and math activities broken down into ‘horizontal and vertical’ educational increments. By ‘horizontal’ increments I mean each activity can be completed in a minimum of 60 minutes. However, the teacher, and/or student may choose to extend the activity over a longer time period or even days. By ‘vertical’ increments I mean each activity is broken down into segments according to grade and difficulty level. So teachers and/or students can decide where to start and how far to go with the topic.
Each Zip Lab includes potentially much more than any teacher will use at the particular grade level he or she may teach. However, it is my hope that teachers, and students, at lower grade levels will gain valuable insight by looking ahead to see how their teaching/learning will be applied in the future. While teachers and students at higher grade levels can reflect on topics that they should have learned in earlier grades. It is my hope that students see their education as a continuum rather than a series of disconnected and random topics.
Zip Labs include diagrams and illustrations that I hope are appealing to a wide range of ages. However, teachers can choose to omit them if they like. Also included is a Common Core ‘Depth of Knowledge’ (DOK) and grade level range ‘sliding’ indicator to help students visualize the relevance of their work.
New in this activity, optional QPA, (Quality Performance Assessment) ‘Stamps’ for Competency Based grading as well as differentiated lesson planning!
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Note: although ZIP-labs fulfill many CCSS, specific CCS standards are not listed because ZIP-labs are designed to be used over many graded levels so the specific CCSS may be different depending upon these factors. For a list of CCSS in your state please visit- www.corestandards.org
New – Integrated Holistic QPA, (that’s Quality Performance Assessment) created by me! This activity requires NO RUBRICS! The rubric is integrated into the activity itself. Much less work for you and far more meaningful to your students.
Working to change STEM to STEAM.