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Thank you for your interest in Science in Action: Growing Crystals! Suitable for grades 3-6.
Every teacher wants to provide fun and engaging science investigations that are EASY to prepare, FUN to conduct, and FILLED with standards-based activities.
This investigation centers around growing crystals from Borax powder (located in the laundry detergent aisle). Students will practice recording information, using tools of science, and engaging in discussion as they conduct the investigation. Handouts are included to connect the investigation to reading, mathematics, research, and writing standards with an emphasis on higher-level activities.
Links are provided to help the teacher develop basic understandings of the content. When possible, photos of the activities used in REAL classrooms with REAL kids are available. At times, student work samples will be included to show your classroom students a sample of a completed product.
Table of Contents
Building Teacher Understandings
Building Student Understandings of Crystallography
Create a Safety Poster Checklist
Sample Student Poster
Comprehension Test Over the Procedure
Complete the Investigation Tips
Student Investigation Handouts Quick Reference
Student Handout: Observing Crystals
Student Handout: Create a Model of a Crystal
Student Handout: Crystal Research
Student Handout: Journal Response
Time-elapse PowerPoint Teacher Instructions
Time-elapse PowerPoint Student Instructions
Growing Crystals Experiment
Growing Crystals Experiment Student Log
This Investigation in Pictures