Friday, June 14, 2013

Gummy Bear Science

My kids had a great time experimenting with gummy bears! 

We used the "Black Forest" brand of Gummy Bears - results may vary depending on the brand you use. 


Gummy  bears do some interesting things when put into different liquids!

Here's what our overnight results look like:

You can get detailed directions along with worksheets and answer keys by clicking here: Gummy Bear Science Lab. 

79 comments:

  1. What a fun experiment! Do you think I could do it with 1st grade?

    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. Hi! I am a 5th grader and I'm going to try your gummy bear science experiment for a science fair! I will let you know if it works! :)
      Thanks,
      Madi Williams

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    2. Good luck Madi! Let me know how it goes! :)

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  2. Sue,
    This looks so engaging and fun! I wish that I taught grade 5! Here in Ontario this activity would fit perfectly with changes in matter! Maybe I'll do it for back to school to refresh the memories of grade sixes next fall! It just looks so darn intriguing! Thanks for sharing!
    Sidney
    https://twitter.com/teachinsagift/status/345618889457156096

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    1. Thanks Sidney! Let me know if you try it with your kids, I know they will love it!

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  3. Sue,

    This is such a great experiment!!! I am definitely going to find a way to fit it into my 1st grade plans for next year.

    Best,
    Bryce
    Second Grade Stampede

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    1. Thanks Bryce! You can use it to illustrate what scientists do: ask questions, plan an experiment, record results,etc. Let me know if you try it!

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  4. Thanks for giving such a detailed account of your lessons and results. That is super helpful. There has been a lot of talk in our school recently on using gummy bears for math, I will have to share your ideas with everyone.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. You can do a math lesson with the gummies, then this science experiment & then write about it - everything's covered!! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  5. So fun! I think I want to do this with my own kids this summer =) I'm your newest follower!
    Erin Palleschi
    Once Upon A Classroom
    http://mrspalleschi.blogspot.ca/

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    1. You should try it Erin, your kids will love this lab!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  6. I love all the recording and analysis of data that is evident in your lesson. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jane
    Learning in the Little Apple

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  7. That is such a great experiment! I am definitely pinning this one, thanks!

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

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  8. Love the Gummy Science Activity that you posted.
    Yes, I am still in school until Wednesday. Will it ever get here?
    Have a great end of the year!

    Debbie

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  9. I love this activity. I'm teaching summer school and will definitely include the gummy science activity.

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    1. This is perfect for summer school! We also tried gummy worms - they get HUMONGOUS! Have fun:)

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  10. Thank you for finding my blog so I could find yours! I am in love with it! I always try to incorporate science in my activities and centers. You have some amazing ideas. :)
    Preschool Wonders

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    1. Thanks so much Lola you are too sweet!

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  11. Sue! First of all I LOVE gummy bears! I love your blog design, I love science, and I love that you're my new follower too! A blog bud-ship in the making ;0)

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  12. Hey Susan,
    Thank you for following my blog. I just returned the favor. I love your blog! I am curious how you have your about me posted on your blog?? I can't figure out how to add that.

    ~Tasha
    A Tender Teacher for Special Needs

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    1. Hi! I added the gadget "profile" and linked it to my google profile. Thanks for stopping by Tasha!

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    2. Thank you for the directions. It says the gadget profile has already been added and it says view profile on my blog. I'll search it. Maybe I can find a youtube video or something! Thanks again.

      ~Tasha
      A Tender Teacher for Special Needs

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  13. I always try to have candy science ideas for slow days, and this is a great one because, as you say, I can see it working with a lot of ages.

    Hope you are having a good summer.

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  14. Susan,
    You're my science hero! I'm learning SO much from you! Thanks!
    Corinna
    ♥Teaching Fabulous Firsties!♥

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had to come and check yours out too. I am happy to say that I'm one of your newest followers. And yes... there are two Corinna's out there in this bloggy world. Funny, huh?!

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    1. Yes that is funny! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. This looks like such a fun activity! Science is one of those things that often gets overlooked in the classroom even though kids enjoy it so much. I'm hoping to bring more of it into my classroom this year! I followed your blog because I think it'll help with that goal. :)

    Pam
    Moments to Teach

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  17. I'm always on the lookout for science blogs and I am so glad I found yours! Even though I've got my degree in music I've always thought teaching science would be the coolest thing. I'm applying for my Masters in Teaching so hopefully someday I'll be able to try out all these fun experiments in my own classroom! For now I'll have to settle with being your newest follower and catching up on old posts.

    All the best,
    Margaux

    The Imaginary Classroom

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    1. Thanks so much Margaux! I'm off to check out your blog now!

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  18. What a fun experiment and thanks for the heads up about the giveaways!

    Love to Learn

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  19. Hi Susan,
    You stopped by my blog yesterday and didn't leave your email address. I would love to send you my Earth Science Challenge game.

    By they way, great blog! I am your newest follower and I am excited to use some of your ideas next year!

    Layla

    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  20. Is there a certain type of gummy bear you used? We tried this and our gummy bears dissolved instead of expanding. The one in just water had almost completely dissolved in just one hour!

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    1. Hi Marissa! The brands I use are Haribo and Black Forest. What brand did you use? Was it a dollar store brand? I can use it next year when I do these experiments again. Maybe my kids can do an ingredients comparison to try to figure out why your brand disintegrates but the other 2 grow! Let me know when you get a chance, thanks!

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  21. I love your blog!! I found it through the Science Blog Hop through Mrs. Harris!

    Keep on sharing!
    Amber
    Creative Ideas for the Upper Elementary Classroom

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  22. This looks like a fun experiment. I pinned it so hopefully other teachers will find it, too.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/147985537728447791/

    Michelle @ TEACH123

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  23. You have a beautiful blog! I am glad you visited my blog so I could find yours. Love that science experiment!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  24. can you start to see changes in less than an hour? I want to do this with my 4th and 5th graders at summer camp, but I only have a 45 minute activity period with them.

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    1. Hi Jessica! I have never checked after an hour so I'm not sure. You should put some bears in water the day before you want to do the activity with the class. Give your kids bears out of the bag, have them take the measurements & predict what will happen. They can put the bears in water & if after 45 min. there is no change - pull out the bears you had soaking since the day before to show them what happens if you left them in water overnight!

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  25. What a cool experiment! I think I could modify this to do with my firsties and they will love it!

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    1. Definitely! Every grade will understand the experiment at a different level. This is a great way to teach predicting & experimenting to your firsties, have fun!

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  26. Sue, I LOVE your blog. I just added this experiment to my Symbaloo page for "Scientists at Work". 5th grade is a big year for Science testing in my state, so I am always looking for "fun" stuff and you have introduced me to the right place with your blog! Thank you...I'm jumpin' up and down!!! I'm sure I'll be addin' more of your wonderful resources since I switch back and forth to 3rd and 4th grades also. Here is where I added the link for the gummy bears. : Science Links
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  27. Thank you for this wonderful lesson! I plan on using it to introduce my 5th graders to the scientific method. I was wondering, did you add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 50 ml of water, or did you just use 50 ml of vinegar?

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    1. Thanks Frannie! We used straight vinegar, no dilution!

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    2. Thanks for the great experiment. I did this with my 4th grade students and they loved it. We used 50Ml of straight vinegar but the gummy bears disintegrated. Just wondering if you stirred the salt water and baking soda before you put in the gummy bears? We had some different results. any thoughts?

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    3. Hi Kristina! Did you use Haribo or Black Forest brand gummies? I'm wondering if we used the same brands. If you look at my gummy bear in vinegar pic above, you'll see the bear is an amorphous mess! The dilute acetic acid (vinegar) really breaks down the chemical bonds holding the bears together. We were able to get some bears out of the vinegar in one piece but they were extremely fragile & fell apart easily. We stirred the salt & b.s. in water before adding the bears. I'm so glad your students enjoyed doing this experiment!

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  28. Hi! I teach at a bilingual school in Italy, and I am always looking for interesting experiments to get my students interested. Luckily enough, I just happen to have a packet of Haribo Gummy Bears on my desk right now...we will be trying this tomorrow, when I have to review Scientific Method with my 4th Graders. (Last year I introduced it to them as 3rd Graders, by doing the milk-into-glue experiment, which they loved!). Thanks for the free download on TpT, as well! Wonderful stuff. You are very generous!

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    1. Thank you Jo! Your job sounds fantastic! Italy is one of my most favorite places in the world!

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  29. Hi! I am going to try this experiment next week. What ratio of salt and baking soda do you add to the water?
    Small Steps and Giant Leaps

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  30. This is awesome! I think I can review variables (independent/dependent/controlled) if I do this with my 5th graders. Thank you!!!!

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  31. Susan - I love this activity! Would you give me permission to use one of your photos and link to your blog? I am the author of The Homegrown Preschooler and I'm writing some content for Old Schoolhouse Magazine's website. I'd like to use one of your photos and link back to your blog for the instructions and sheets. Could you email me at lesli.richards@att.net and let me know if that is ok?
    Thanks so much, Lesli Richards

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    1. Sure Lesli! Thank you so much for checking with me, I really appreciate it!

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    2. Hi, Susan! What a wonderful activity! Question for you-- Where do you design your worksheets or what software do you use? I think they are absolutely adorable and would love to make some worksheets with a similar style.

      Thanks so much!

      Rebecca

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    3. Thanks so much Rebecca! I make all my worksheets using Power Point.

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing this! My students and I did this experiment this week...and maybe it is the different ingredients that are used here in Brazil, but the gummy bears disintegrated in water, vinegar and baking soda. The only one in which the gummy bear was still a gummy bear was in salt! It is interesting for the students to compare their results with yours! And they loved this experiment!!!

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  33. I love fun experiment. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  34. My son is wanting to do this for his science project can he use this website for resources?

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  35. Thank you for the information and help with my son's gummy bear experiment! He is doing this for his science fair project! You have provided great information!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! I know this will be a big hit at the Science Fair!

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  36. This looks like so much fun! My students will love it! Would it be possible to get a copy of the mats that you used to place the materials on? That way they will match the rest of your worksheets, which won't happen if I create something!

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    1. It is in the packet in color as well as in b&w!

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  37. This experiment didn't work, instead the bears dissolved despite having gelatin in them. No idea what happened. Any ideas Susan?

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    1. DId you use the same brand of gummy bears I have pictured above?

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