Lesson Plan

Pop Rocks Matter

This experiment is a fun lesson that captures the ears, eyes, and minds of students! It combines writing, reasoning, predictions, and teamwork with candies and soda to produce a memorable lesson on chemical reactions and energy.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to predict the outcome of an experiment. Students will be able to identify and describe the outcome of the experiment. Students will be able to write a detailed account of the experiment, including why it worked or didn't work.


(15 minutes)
  • Before the lesson, lay out your ingredients.
  • Tell your students that today they are going to perform an experiment.
  • Ask your students to label their next empty notebook page (or their loose leaf paper) with your chosen heading, such as Pop Rocks Matters or Ingredients.
  • Motion to where the materials for this experiment are laid out.
  • Point out each ingredient, but do not tell them anything about the experiment.
  • Have students write down the materials by either drawing them or writing the list.
  • Give students 5 minutes to make quick predictions about how you will use the materials and what will happen.

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