Activity

Wizardry and Chemistry

No need to go to Ollivanders to buy a magic wand. In the chemistry lab activity, young magicians mix chemicals to create combustible compounds. By applying these compounds to an iron wire, they create magic wands.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class research how different chemicals result in different color sparks
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure to get administrative approval before conducting activity (sparklers)
  • Activity is designed specifically for AP Chemistry and assumes a mature group of learners
  • Lesson guide suggests a two-day lab (90 minutes on first and 45 minutes on second day)
Pros
  • Many learners will enjoy connection to the Harry Potter series
  • Worksheets are available as Word versions, which allows for editing
  • Includes two different recipes (representing Gryffindor and Slytherin), letting students choose which they would like to use
Cons
  • None