Vandalism at the Spa Double Lab
This terrific 2 lab product can be used pretty much anywhere during the school year in chemistry or during the chemistry section of physical science. Students identify the chemical and physical properties of ordinary household materials – powdered detergent booster, baking soda, starch, talc, sugar, plaster of Paris, baking soda, salt, etc. On the second day, in a separate lab, they solve a vandalism crime using their data from the first day.
There are two versions of this activity in the product. One is for the on-level or regular chemistry or physical science student. The second is for the pre-AP or honors level student. You can make this more fun by purchasing crime scene tape and using small Ziploc bags and paintbrushes to collect evidence. I give you links to purchase these inexpensive add ons. Once you set this lab up, it can be store in a box like a microchem lab and pulled out to use over and over again.
Hands on experience
Data Collection and Analysis
Teacher instructions and set up
Reinforcement of difficult concepts
Keywords: physical change, chemical change, physical property, chemical property, chemical reaction, physical science, chemistry, laboratory, experiment, fun, cooperative learning, GTE, STEM