Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spooky Science Experiment

One of my best friends, Natalie, came across this neat science experiment on a third grade blog.  (Click here to see the blog post.)  This was the perfect experiment to complete with our unit of matter.  Natalie is always thinking of fun "hands on" experiments, where I tend to stick to discussions and worksheets. She bought her students fun Halloween themed gummy candy, where as I just grabbed some plain jane gummy bears from my stash at home.  Yes, I admit that I want to be a student in Natalie's class. 


- Each student was given a ruler and magnifying glass.  (Yet again- Natalie came to the rescue with a class set of magnifying glasses!)

- Students wrote their initials on the cup with a Sharpee.

- Students were called up one by one to our sink.  They dropped their gummy bear in the cup, added just enough water to cover it, and placed it in the blue basket.  Afterwards, I moved the blue basket up to the top of a book shelf.  I wanted them to be surprised the next day!

- My students waited 24 hours before examining the bears on the second day.

- I gave each student a napkin on the second day.  I dumped the water out of each cup before giving them the gummy bear.  They dumped the gummy bear out on their napkin and made observations.

Day 1- Gummy Bears

Day 2- Gummy Bears


  1. I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.


  2. We did this with (water), salt water, baking soda water & vinegar. 2 grew, 1 shrunk and one lost some of it's shape. I used and overhead to show the results rather than pass back 4 gummie bears each.