⁣⁣Lesson Plan: How to Make a DIY Spiral Gallium Fidget Spinner: Explore the Science of Gallium while Creating a Fun and Unique Toy!

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: How to Make a DIY Spiral Gallium Fidget Spinner: Explore the Science of Gallium while Creating a Fun and Unique Toy!

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject: Science

Objective: Students will learn about the properties of gallium and engage in a hands-on activity to create a DIY spiral gallium fidget spinner.

Materials Needed:
- Gallium metal
- Fidget spinner mold or silicone mold
- Heat-resistant gloves
- Safety goggles
- Hot plate or stove
- Writing materials for reflection


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the properties of gallium and its unique characteristics.
- Explain that gallium is a low melting point metal that can be molded and shaped at room temperature.

2. Safety Precautions (5 minutes):
- Emphasize the importance of safety during the activity, including the use of gloves and safety goggles.
- Instruct students to handle gallium with caution and avoid direct contact with their skin or eyes.

3. Melting the Gallium (15 minutes):
- Heat a small amount of gallium on a hot plate or stove until it turns into a liquid state.
- Ensure that students observe the process carefully while maintaining a safe distance.

4. Pouring Gallium into the Mold (20 minutes):
- Provide a fidget spinner mold or silicone mold to each student.
- Instruct them to carefully pour the liquid gallium into the mold, filling it completely.
- Encourage students to experiment with different designs and patterns by pouring the gallium in a spiral shape.

5. Cooling and Solidification (30 minutes):
- Allow the gallium-filled mold to cool and solidify at room temperature.
- Explain to students that gallium will solidify into a solid metal form once cooled.

6. Removing the Fidget Spinner (10 minutes):
- Instruct students to carefully remove the solidified gallium fidget spinner from the mold.
- Remind them to handle the metal spinner with caution due to its sharp edges.

7. Exploration and Reflection (15 minutes):
- Encourage students to explore the unique properties of their DIY gallium fidget spinner, such as its malleability and ability to spin smoothly.
- Engage students in a discussion about their observations and the science behind gallium's behavior.
- Facilitate a reflection session where students can write or draw their thoughts and observations from the activity.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence.
- NGSS.MS-PS1-1: Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

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