Savvy Consumers Through Scienceby: Sami Kahn

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Is Bounty the "quicker picker upper?" Are expensive shampoos better? Are all antacids the same? Fourth grade students posed and answered these questions during a "Consumer Product Testing" unit in which they designed experiments to assess these products' qualities and learned to question the advertising that is so much a part of their lives.

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  • on Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:08 AM

Students engaged in consumer testing of advertized products for absorbency, strength, pH and more in an attempt to prove if the products advertised advantages were really true. This was not only a fun activity for the students but they learned the value of controlling variables to do true scientific testing. Many of these students continued testing products at home as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun May 29, 2011 6:54 PM

Testing household products is an excellent way to familiarize elementary students with the scientific method. The author provides several excellent examples, connects activities to standards and lists the required resources. While assessment is not covered, this is easily added. One idea that comes to mind is having student create a poster that summarizes their experiment.


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