How was Valentine’s Day in your classroom? Full of candy and sweetness and a little bit of craziness, I’m sure! My kiddos had a blast taking treats to their friends and, of course, bringing home lots of sugary goodies, too. If you’re like me, your classroom stash is pretty heavily stocked right now, and maybe boasting some leftovers from Halloween or Christmas! If that’s the case, I have a great activity that will help you use it right up and incorporates science by teaching about physical properties. What’s better?
Objective: for students to explore physical properties of an object
- 5 different candies of various sizes and weights
- 5 paper bags
- physical properties definition poster
- activity sheets
- Divide students into groups. Each group receives a bag with candy inside. Together, they will observe the item and record their findings on the Candy Conclusions page.
- After all groups have completed their investigation, meet as a group. Have one person from each group describe the physical properties of their candy to the entire group.
- As descriptions are given, students will record what they guess the candy is on the What’s in the bag? sheet.
- To make this easier (since the candy possibilities are endless!) you can reveal the candies they have to choose from before guessing.
Would you like a copy of this activity to use in your classroom, including the lesson plan, physical properties poster, and activity sheets, too? Simply look for this graphic at the end of this post and fill out the attached form!
This activity and tons more can all be found cumulatively in The Science of February – a collaborative resource between me and Cara from The First Grade Parade! We’ve also recently split this month into the four individual units it’s comprised of in case you only need a specific thematic set. They are truly an excellent value and come fully stocked with science activities and cross-curricular resources that are perfect for kindergarten through second grade.