The Science Behind Glow Sticks


Glow Sticks are fun for kids of all ages! They are great for parties, holidays, or just fun to play within a dark room!

I have tried for years to think of a fun way to incorporate glow sticks into reading and science. As it turns out, glow sticks are Chemistry in its most basic form, which is great for elementary kids. I mean they are not really ready for Chemistry in its most advanced form, right?


I decided to create a few resources to go with the hands-on experiment. If you know me at all, you know I always try my hardest to integrate reading and writing into social studies and science. Does this mean social studies and science take a backseat? No way. These subjects are just as important as reading, writing, and math. However, if I can integrate a few things into one lesson…ding ding, that is a winner lesson for me!

Check out the preview to see what is included in this engaging lesson! The students will do an experiment, read a passage, answer comprehension questions and make observations!

Make it a goal to reach your students where they are. Glow sticks are fun for kids. My kids at home love to play with these and classroom students do too. You will win some major brownie points by doing this hands-on activity with your students.

Tip: Wal-Mart has tubes of 50 glow sticks (more than enough) for $10 in their party section. 🙂


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