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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus... right into your classroom with the Santa in a Snowstorm Chemical Demonstration Kit. Explore the topics of solubility and saturation with this easy-to-prepare demonstration.

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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus... right into your classroom in a snowstorm! Capture the attention of your entire classroom with this fun holiday seasonal demonstration. Explore the topics of solubility and saturation with this easy-to-prepare demonstration. Simply place excess benzoic acid in a heated solvent until a solution forms. As the solution cools, excess benzoic acid precipitates out in a “snow-like” form. It’s a winter wonderland in a bottle!

Concepts: Solubility, saturation, solvents.
Time Required: 15 minutes


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-1: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.