Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Science Experimenting....Contains Spoilers!

All experiences come in handy at some point or another.  While in high school, I briefly worked at TCBY (a frozen yogurt/ice cream shop).  Sometimes we would find out really interesting things...like what happens when you put candy in a cup of water.  You don't want to know what we found out about the Rainbow Cream flavor.  Anyway one of the things I learned is what happens to an M&M candy after about five minutes of being in a cup of water.  So do continue our learning about the Scientific Method, we used water and M&Ms. 

We started with our Scientific Process page.  Our question was, "What Happens When You Put an M&M in a glass of water?"  Next we created our hypothesis.  Most chickadees wrote "the color will come off," or "the M&M will melt."  We listed the materials we needed and the steps we would take to complete our experiment.

Then we started observing the changes.  First the color did come off and stayed at the bottom of the cup.  But then the real magic happened....not only does all the color come off and stay at the bottom....the M floats to the top of the water!
I wish I didn't have to blur their faces....the discovery of the floating m was priceless!  I knew it was going to happen, but not one kids hypothesized that and they were shocked.  So at the end of the day, half of them wanted to take home an extra paper, so they could make their parents perform the experiment.  AND wanted to retest to see if a Skittle would have the same results!  LOVE days like this!

Happy Tuesday,


  1. HOW FUN! I didn't know what would happen...I guess teachers learn something new all the time too. :) Thanks for sharing!

    A Year of Many Firsts

  2. The M floats to the top?! So amazing. Totally going to do this!
    Dragonflies in First