(Primary): Build a Better Bubble!

Time Required: Two 45-60 minute session
Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Grades: K to 2nd

Bubbles are everywhere! In this experiment, students will design a bubble wand as well as alter a bubble mixture to determine how shape relates to the science of bubble-making.

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Lesson Plan

Instructions

Step 1

Wrap Up

Students share their notes from the Build a Better Bubble sheet, and present their wands and mixtures to class. Discuss what went well and what could be improved. Share on Twitter #3DoodlerEDU

Assessment

Review students' Build a Better Bubble sheets, wands and mixtures. Assess their presentations and feedback during discussions.

Possible Extensions

Students will use what they learned in this lesson to improve their bubble wands and mixtures and then present them to peers, once again. Students will experiment with bubble mixture, adding a spoonful of paint and then blowing bubbles onto white paper to determine if paint will change the color of bubbles. Painting With Bubbles

Resources

Bubble Worksheet

Group Members' Names: ________________________________________

Which problem will your bubble wand solve? Circle one.
1. My bubble wand will make the longest-lasting bubbles.
2. My bubble wand will make the weirdest shaped bubbles.
3. My bubble wand will make the bounciest bubbles.

Before Experiment: Draw a picture of how you and your partner want your bubble wand to look. Think about size and shape.

Make a Prediction: Draw a picture to show what the bubbles you blow will look like.

Bubble Mixture: Measure the ingredients. Use the eyedropper and measuring cup to measure. Record the amounts used in the box below.
Example: We used 1 cup of water. We used 4 eye droppers of liquid soap.
1. liquid soap:

2. water:

After Experiment: Draw a picture of what your bubble wand actually looks like. Does it look like the picture you drew before the experiment? Circle one: Yes No

Observations: What happened when you blew bubbles with your wand? Draw a picture or write about you saw in the box below.

Rethinking: What could you do to improve your bubble wand or bubble mixture? Draw a picture or write about it in the box below.

Vocabulary

    Educational Standards

    Common Core
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1

    Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    In This Lesson

    Students will listen during whole group instruction and collaborate and listen with partner during the design and testing process.

    Common Core
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1.C

    Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.

    In This Lesson

    Students will listen to teacher during instruction and ask questions to clarify understanding. Students will listen and ask their partner questions about bubble design and testing to improve collaboration.

    Next Gen Science
    K-2-ETS1-1

    Engineering Design Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

    In This Lesson

    Students will consider the design challenge and ask questions, make observations and record information during the design and bubble wand testing process.

    Next Gen Science
    K-2-ETS1-2

    Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

    In This Lesson

    Students will sketch, design and create a bubble wands to accomplish a selected challenge with their partner.

    CS Teachers
    Collection, Visualization and Transformation

    Collect and present the same data in various visual formats.

    In This Lesson

    Students will collect data in illustrations, models and writing.

    ISTE
    1C

    Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

    In This Lesson

    Students will use the 3Doodler to create a bubble wand to accomplish a selected challenge.

    ISTE
    4D

    Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

    In This Lesson

    Students will demonstrate willingness and competency within an open-ended task with more than one possible outcome.

    ISTE
    6B

    Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

    In This Lesson

    Students will create an original wand to accomplish a selected challenge.

    ISTE
    7A

    Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

    In This Lesson

    Students will seek feedback from partner before creating a wand with 3Doodler.

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