Lava Lamps

First Class looked at chemical energy and how it’s produced. We discussed what a chemical reaction is. We thought about a chemical reaction we created at the beginning of the school year when we mixed water, yeast and sugar and added it to our bread mixture. We then investigated two different types of tablets and looked to see what reaction they had in water. The first tablet was an allergy tablet and it did not dissolve in water. The second tablet was a Rubex vitamin C tablet. When the Rubex tablet mixed with the water it began dissolving rapidly creating CO2 bubbles.

After that we investigated if water an oil mix. We discovered that they do not mix because water is heavier than oil.  We also investigated if our tablets would dissolve in oil. They didn’t. We added food colouring to the water and oil and found that the food colouring mixed with the water but not with the oil. We decided that the food colouring must be the same weight as the water but heavier than the oil.

We used this information to  create our own Lava Lamps. We poured water, oil and a little food colouring into jars. We then added the Rubex tablet. Check out our Lava Lamp below.

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Chemical Energy and Capacity

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We had great fun creating lava lamps in 2nd class. Now we know that chemical energy is energy released during a chemical reaction. We found out that oil and water do not mix. Water is heavier than oil. For our … Continue reading


We had lots of fun while we were learning today. We measured liquid to find out the capacity of the different bottles we brought into school today.

We know that there are

1,000 millilitres in 1 litre                                      2,000 millilitres in 2 litres

3/4 of a litre = 750 millilitres                                 1/2 litre = 500 millilitres

                                                1/4 litre = 250 millilitres

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