DIY Lava Lamp

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLA:
Science
Educational levels:
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

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This resource contains lessons plans containing instructions and teachers' notes for an activity based on a chemical reaction that occurs when a soluble aspirin tablet dissolves and the fact that oil and water do not mix are used to create a model of a lava lamp. Students have fun while they learn about density of fluids. Older students can have fun while they learn about chemical reactions and mixtures.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(ST3-4WS) investigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations

(SC4-6WS) follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually

(SC4-7WS) processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions

(SC4-16CW) describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU077) Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways

(ACSIS088) Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks

(ACSIS218) Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations

(ACSSU095) Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting

(ACSIS105) Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks

(ACSIS221) Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations

(ACSSU113) Mixtures, including solutions, contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques

(ACSIS125) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS130) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

(ACSSU225) Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances

(ACSIS140) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS145) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Chemical reactions, Density, Lesson plans
File type:
text/html
Language/s:
en-AU
Author:
ABC - Surfing Scientist
Publisher:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Thursday, 5 November 2009

Resource ID: 80f7290d-9a5b-4351-b0b5-9f9d1db3167d