Marie Curie and Chemistry

Lesson Overview

Mrs. Westwood’s Wizarding School of Witchcraft

NGSS Science Domain:
Physical Science

Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC’S):
Cause and effect/ Energy & matter

NGSS Objective/Core Idea:
PS1A: Structure and properties of matter, PS1B: Chemical Reactions

Supplies needed:
TAZO tea bags, matches/lighter, water (to catch the ash), guar gum, Borax, empty liter pop bottle, water, baking soda, glue, hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, dish soap, yeast, vinegar, balloons, super snow powder, sticks for pretend wands and Harry Potter cutouts of the different schools (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw).

Lesson Plan

Go over rules, announce science awards, etc.

Light tea bag on fire and use the spell (wingardium leviosa) and it will fly up into the air and disintegrate. (Use Tazo brand and dump out everything inside. Undo the staples and unfold it until it makes a cylinder. Then light the top on fire and it will float up into the air.)
(I wore a witch hat and Hogwarts clothes during this week)

Work Period:
Smartboard presentation about Marie Curie and Chemistry – go over slides.

Lab Activities

Make slime. There are a ton of different slime recipes on google, but these are the ones I used. (I also used SUU’s slime recipe of one pump of blue bottle to 2 pumps of white bottle mixture.)

Guar gum slime recipe:

(Borax Water)
Add 1 tablespoon Borax powder to 1 cup of water. Stir until most of the powder dissolves.

(Guar Gum Mixture)
Add 4 cups of warm water into a large mixing bowl. Add 10 drops of green food coloring. SLOWLY (very slowly) stir in 2 teaspoons of guar gum. This fine powder has a tendency to clump up if it is not stirred into the water slowly. After thoroughly mixing, pour the guar gum mixture into a soda bottle and label it appropriately.

  1. Pour 1/2 c. green guar gum mixture into a baggie.
  2. Add 1 tsp. borax water
  3. Seal the bag.
  4. Mix and squish
  5. Play with slime

(Divide it into 2 for you & partner. Clean up table)

(Antinette Haggerty’s version)


  1. Place 1/2 c of water in a cup
  2. Add 1 tsp of baking soda to water
  3. Mix until dissolved with a toothpick
  4. Measure 1/2 c. glue & add to water mixture.
  5. Water and clear glue should be equal parts.
  6. Mix well until slime forms.
  7. Put into baggie and wash hands.

Make elephant toothpaste:
  1. Pour 50 ml hydrogen peroxide into bottle
  2. Squeeze 2 drops of food coloring in
  3. Squeeze 1 drop on the side
  4. Squirt a tablespoon of dish soap in and stir it around a bit.
  5. Mix 1 tbsp yeast with 3 tbsp warm water in a cup. Pour 1/2 into other groups cup.
  6. Funnel/Pour yeast mixture into bottle and observe chemical reaction.)

Balloon rise:
  1. Put 1 tsp of baking soda in a balloon.
  2. Add ¼ cup vinegar into a small flask and when you add the balloon to the top of the flask, dump in the baking soda. The carbon dioxide gas will fill up the balloon.

Make snow:

I used Super snow powder. It expands 100x. Just add water. I used ¼ cup water and 1 tsp super snow and had the students mix in a cup with a straw until the snow formed.


What did you learn? What cross-cutting concept do you think we used? Why?

Picture of Marie Curie with science in the community activity attached.

Self Assessment:
What did and didn’t work for this lesson?


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