Dissolving Snowman

A primary vehicle to scientific instruction is that of example.

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Because the study of scientific concepts incorporate both observation and experimentation, our classroom activities strive to both display and apply this type of instruction.

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This activity involved the science of how things dissolve.

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Your budding chemist first learned that all things are made up of molecules.

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We talked about how when some molecules interact, exciting things happen, and the word that describes this (in our experiment) phenomena is dissolution.

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Using two different materials (baking soda and soap), we constructed snowmen and observed how our creations dissolved once we added vinegar to them.

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We then discussed why we thought some snowmen “disappeared” faster than others.

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Everyone enjoyed constructing and then watching as their creations disappeared!

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