Bubbling Potions

Students observe dramatic changes in the states of matter in this activity.


Grades Covered: 4 through 12
Subject Covered: Physical Science

Curriculum topics:
  • States of Matter
  • Phase Change
  • Pressure
  • Volume
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Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

  • Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. [ Examples: adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, & evaporating salt water.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions

  • Make observations & measurements to identify materials based on their properties. [Examples of properties: color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, & solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions
  • Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. [Examples:burrning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, mixing zinc with HCl.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions
  • Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, & state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions
  • Construct & revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, & knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties. ||Next Generation Science Standards||High School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions

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