Let students have fun with chemistry by performing this 5-station (optionally 6-station) lab activity that is super fun for an October or Halloween-themed science lab, especially if you teach middle school physical science! Each student receives a “Spells and Potions” booklet where he or she will follow directions for each station, record observations, and write about the science happening in each activity. The concepts cover density, pH, chemical reactions, miscibility, and catalysts...but your students don't need to know the vocabulary behind these concepts...they just need to be able to make observations and attempt to explain what they see!
Set the mood! String up Halloween-colored lights and play some eerie music softly in the background while your mad scientists are casting their spells! I have included 'apothecary bottle' labels, so you can find neat/random bottles and label them appropriately (the 'ingredients' for the potions have wizard-ish names like 'Dried Spider Legs', 'Werewolf Saliva', 'Toad Slime', etc.)
Detailed teacher notes are included...they outline all of the materials that you will need (everything can be purchased from the grocery or dollar store, with the exception of some glassware like small beakers, graduated cylinders, and test tubes), what to set up at each station, and scientific explanations for what happens in each mini-lab.
Allotting approximately 7 minutes per station, this stations lab will take about 40 minutes from start to finish. Please note: your students will need to know how to measure liquids with graduated cylinders... check out my Graduated Cylinder Liquid Volume Color Magic Lab
to teach this laboratory skill!
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