Making Predictions: Tootsie Pop Experiment "How Many Licks...?"
This is a great experiment (and just in time for HALLOWEEN) to do with younger students that is engaging, fun, and utilizes the Scientific Method with math. Simply put, the students will make a prediction about how many licks it will take them to reach the chocolate center of the Tootsie Pop, and then analyze their answers with their peers.

It's a great starter experiment to the Scientific Method, that introduces about making predictions, documenting our work throughout the experiment, comparing answers to predictions, and looking at additional factors that could have affected the outcome.

It also incorporates different types of math (methods of counting) to document the licks. This allows you to see how each individual child attends to counting, especially up to larger numbers.
**Please note, if a child cannot finish their lollipop or cannot reach the chocolate center, have them stop and record their licks as is.**

Included in this pack are:

A front and back recording sheet for the experiment (print 1 per student)
A set of instruction cards that depict the steps of the experiment
Visual aids for certain steps in the experiment for lower ability students.

Be adventurous and allow students to work on this as a science or math center!

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Created: Feb 27, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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