Penny Bright Experiment: Does Salt & Vinegar Have An Effect On Pennies?
In this lab, students observe and hypothesize, perform the experiment, and observe. We are trying to figure out if a salt & vinegar solution have an effect on tarnished pennies. Students will follow directions to complete their lab. Students will also complete a worksheet, which parallels lab.
- Students will examine a penny and record 5 observations (before/after)
- Students will complete a worksheet that parallels the experiment
- Students will hypothesize pertaining to experiment
Students will use critical thinking skills, synthesizing, and observational skills.
- Working with mixtures/solutions
- Discovering the chemical reaction between salt and vinegar
- Chemical Reaction
- Chemical Change
- Physical Change
Context for Use
Class Size = Up to 30
Lesson Type = Lab
Time = 10-15 minutes for 2 days and a week later
Equipment = Salt, Vinegar, Cup, Penny, Goggles
Skills = Observational, Hypothesize, and Critical Thinking Skills
Adaptability = Fairly easy
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Description and Teaching Materials
Salt, vinegar, cups, and a penny.
Students will follow the directions you've given to them.
To close the experiment we'll discuss things such as the statue of liberty and how she's so tarnished. Do you think we could clean her with some salt & vinegar? While also talking about what happened to the salt and vinegar solution in the cup. This is fun because of the designs and mini structures left behind from the solution after evaporation.
Penny Bright Lesson Plan (Microsoft Word 42kB Aug3 09)
Penny Bright Experiment Worksheet (Microsoft Word 26kB Aug3 09)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Safety goggles would be advised to complete this project, just because you'll be working with acids. Also, who knows where most pennies have been. Don't want kids rubbing their eyes after this.
Strand = Physical Science
Sub-Strand = Chemical Reactions
Standard = The student will differentiate between chemical and physical changes.
1. The student will define chemical and physical changes.
2. The student will observe that substances react chemically with other substances to form new substances with different characteristic properties.
3. The student will give examples and classify substances as mixtures or pure substances.