for Bubble Day
students will identify the geometric three dimensional
shapes of sphere, cone, cube, and cylinder.
- A collection of items
representing a sphere, cone, cube, and cylinder.
(For example, a ball, a party hat, a block, and a
paper towel tube.)
- Bubble solution and bubble
- Chart paper or blackboard
- Clay or Play Dough (just a
small amount for each student)
- Blow a bubble and ask the
students to name its shape. Many may say round,
ball, circle, etc. Introduce the term
"sphere". Write the word on the chart
paper, or blackboard, and have the students brainstorm
other items which are spheres.
- Go on to discuss the other
three dimensional shapes of cone, cube, and cylinder
and continue the same process of making lists.
- Pass out the clay, or Play
Dough, and have the students form each shape.
- Have the students make
predictions on how many seconds a bubble will stay
afloat before it pops. (Either use the second
hand on a clock, or have them count slowly.)
Then blow the actual bubble and have the students record the
actual amount of time it stayed afloat. Use the Bubble
Prediction Worksheet. They may then figure
by how many seconds their prediction and the actual
number differed. This activity can be done as a
whole class with just the teacher blowing the bubbles,
or the students may be put in pairs for one to do the
blowing while the other makes the prediction.
- Write addition and
subtraction story problems using blowing bubbles as
the addition factor and popping bubbles as
- Have the students
predict how many bubbles can be blown from one
bubble wand of solution. Blow the wand and count
the actual number.
- Blow bubbles and have a
lesson on size words, big, bigger, small, smaller,