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Activity

Bubbles - giant bubbles

Summary: 
Use the "Bubble Thing" to make giant bubbles. Students make their own large bubbles with a home made bubble frame.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Physical Science: Properties of Objects and Materials (grade K)
Physical Science: Properties of Matter (grade 2)
Physical Science: Light and Sound (grade 4)
Physical Science: Chemistry (grade 7)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • Bubble thing/Giant bubble maker (Klutz carries it)
  • Bucket of bubble mix with glycerol in it (1/2 baby shampoo, 1/2 water, a tablespoon or two of glycerol)
  • Loop of string through two straws for home made giant bubble maker
  • Tray to dip home made bubble maker into
Procedure: 

Giant bubbles outside as demonstration.
Students make frame from a loop of string and two straws.
Make own bubbles.
Watch the changing shape and colours in the giant bubbles.

The colours are due to the structure of the bubble skin - two layers of molecules, which separate white light into its colours.

Notes: 

Students did not get to make their own bubble maker - just showed them.
DI Science workshop looked at the colours in giant bubbles with a lesson on light.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
CAGIS (Canadian Association for Girls in Science)
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
Science Workshop for Destination Imagination