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Fizz Fizz Boom Boom

Objective
Learn Essential Information, Describe the effects of violence on an individual, including: physical

Background
Student participates as a member of his/her cooperative team and in the class discussion and demonstrates an understanding of cause and effect, including an understanding of the correlation between the experiment and real life.

Activities
Form cooperative teams. Ask the teams to brainstorm and record their definitions of the terms "cause" (a basis for an action or decision; a motive; a reason) and "effect" (an outcome or result; an event after an action) and a one sentence explanation of the relationship between cause and effect.

Ask teams to report out. Ask each team to brainstorm and write down a definition of the term "stable" (not changing; predictable in its behavior or reaction or response; steadfast.)

Ask all teams to report out. Using the Teacher Resource Sheet "Fizz Fizz Boom Boom!" as a guide, prepare for the experiment.

Slowly pour a small amount of vinegar in a cup and swish it around. Discuss the vinegar's reaction; it is "stable." Pour a small amount of baking soda in a cup and swish it around. Discuss the baking soda's reaction; it is "stable."

Ask the teams to record their observations and findings. Describe the method for performing the next step of the experiment, mixing the two stable ingredients together.

Ask the teams to brainstorm and record their predictions of the effect of mixing vinegar with baking soda.

Ask all teams to report out. Perform the experiment. Discuss what caused the effect. Ask the teams to record their observations and findings. Stress that the effect cannot always be predicted; just because two substances are stable does not mean that they will remain stable when combined.

Ask the teams to brainstorm some real-life situations that could parallel the demonstration (e.g., an otherwise stable person adds an otherwise stable substance, such as alcohol, to his/her body and has a very unstable reaction...or two otherwise stable individuals find that when they form a relationship, it produces unpredictable outcomes.)

Ask the teams to brainstorm and record a one sentence message to their peers about "cause and effect" that could be applied in real-life.

Resources
"Fizz Fizz Boom Boom!" ,Baking soda, Vinegar, Small paper or plastic cup, Paper Towel, Spoon.

Teacher Tips
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Source
Division of No Child Left Behind Program Coordination, Texas Education Agency, Texas D.A.V.E.

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