I don’t like teaching something in my classroom just to pass time or because it “looks fun”. We always have a learning objective. Here are some ideas of topics you can teach your children with your lava lamp experiment:
- Use senses to make and record observations and interpretations of data.
- Identify properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
- Investigate and record changes to the properties of matter.
- Investigate and record the interactions between liquids, solids, and gases.
- Practice measuring and calculating math with metric units (HUGE concept for 3rd graders!).
- Conduct “next steps” experiments. In other words, what else could you do to this experiment to possibly change the outcome? Have children record their hypotheses and outcomes/data. (Suggested Next Step: Use a glow stick instead of food coloring. Crack the glow stick, cut off the top, and empty the gel into the water bottle).