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The Natural Science of Fabric Dyeing—Guided-Inquiry Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7263 

Price: $46.18

This item is temporarily out of stock. The expected available to ship date is 07/26/2024

The Natural Science of Fabric Dyeing Guided-Inquiry Kit for chemistry allows you to capture the beauty of plant colors on fabric as you explore the ancient art—and science—of dyeing.

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Capture the beauty of plant colors on fabric as students explore the ancient art—and science—of dyeing. In this guided-inquiry activity, students select a variable in the dye process and design an experiment using a multi-fiber fabric to test the effect of their chosen variable. Students develop higher order thinking skills as they consider the importance of controlling variables in the design of their experiments. Variables include three different plant pigments, three possible additives and the temperature and duration of the dye bath. The beautiful and often surprising colors produced on the special multi-fiber fabric teach students about the structures of fabric and dye molecules and the types of bonding interactions between them. Students see that chemistry is truly a natural science! Includes complete instructions with reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, valuable Teacher Notes and enough fabric and chemicals for 10 groups of students to perform experiments. Additional multi-fiber test fabrics are available separately.

Complete for 30 students working in groups of three.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum potassium sulfate, 5 g
Boiling stones, 5 g
Copper(II) nitrate solution, 0.1 M, 10 mL
Iron(III) chloride, 5 g
Red cabbage extract, universal indicator, 2 g
Black tea bag, 4
Cranberry apple tea bag
Multi-fiber test fabric, 2 feet
Weighing dish, disposable, 5.5 g, 5½" x 5½", 20

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1: Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
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.