Written by Jacqueline Barber
In this delightful, activity- and science-packed unit, students
combine intense enjoyment with important concepts in chemistry
and physics through imaginative experiments with soap bubbles.
Students devise an ideal bubble-blowing instrument; test dishwashing
brands to see which makes the biggest bubbles; determine the
optimum amount of glycerin needed for the biggest bubbles; employ
the Bernoulli principle to keep bubbles aloft; use color patterns
to predict when a bubble will pop; and create bubbles that last
for days. In the process, they learn about light and color,
aerodynamics, chemical composition, surface tension, and even
Bubble-ology is packed with solid scientific, technological,
and mathematical content and learning. An extensive background
section on bubbles is included. The unit makes a natural and
exciting extension of the GEMS guide Bubble
Festival, which uses tabletop activities in a learning-station
format to present exploratory lessons in math and science.
Time: From eight to ten 45- to 60-minute sessions.
See the Bubble-ology online orientation
"Bubbles and children, perfect together
are wonderfully scientifically based; students don't just do
the activity, they learn concepts by experiencing them
If you are afraid that a bubble unit will be messy, be assured
that it is. But along with the mess come those wonderful moments
when teachers know that they have created valuable learning
Have fun, take a chance, get messy, and learn together with
bubbles! Try it!"
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