Easy, FREE Science Activities for Your Classroom

Free, easy science experiments for your classroom

OK, it may not be entirely FREE but it will be super cheap. I love to engage my students as much as possible. Providing fun learning experiences is most certainly a great way to keep them motivated and learning so I try to incorporate these types of hands-on activities as much as possible. When I do, I will share them with you so that you can try them out too.

I found this activity on Steve Spangler Science. He has a lot of great ideas. I like to use this activity as a way to review the steps of the scientific method. It is super simple to set up and super cheap. Some of the items you may already have in your classroom. 

My students are given the problem: Is it possible to remove the M from the M&M? 

They come up with a hypothesis to answer this question and also give a reason for their thinking.

Materials include:

  • Package of M&Ms
  • bowls
  • warm water

That's it! Warm up some water, I am lucky enough to have a microwave in my room. I warmed the water up for about 45 seconds.

Allow groups of students to choose their M&M color. Students can choose any color except brown. Give each group three of the color. Place the M&Ms in the bowl of warm water with the "M" facing up. Allow a few minutes to pass. Students should be observing what is happening. 
Engaging and motivating science students on a budget

During this time, you can discuss what is happening to the candy shell of the M&M. Why and how is it dissolving? 

Soon, the candy shell will completely disappear from the M&M and on the top of the water, students will see the floating M. It is really cool to see. This can lead to discussions of what the M is made of that it doesn't dissolve. 

From here, you can also have a discussion on colors. After we are done with the activity, we talk about what will happen if different colors are mixed together. We then mix then to see if we are correct. 

Finally, we do discuss the scientific method. We review what the problem was, their hypothesis, and the steps of the experiment. Then we talk about what happened and come up with a conclusion. Sometimes this can be written down, other times we just discuss it. Either way, students are engaged and having fun and you just covered a couple of important science topics! 

Using candy in science experiments

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