Bubbles on Bottles

Bubbles on Bottles

Hurricanes and Climate
Students observe that a change in the temperature of air can impact the size of a bubble placed on a bottle that is cooled and/or heated.

Credit: This activity was created by Teri Eastburn as part of a 5E learning module to enhance understanding of physical processes in the atmosphere that influence Earth's weather.

Grade Level: grades K-4


  • Teacher preparation: 20 minutes
  • Introduction for students: 10 minutes
  • Student activity: 30 minutes
  • Class discussion/analysis: 10 minutes


Student Learning Objectives

  • Students observe that change in temperature of the air in a bubble will change the volume of the bubble
  • Students will be able to describe the relationship between the change in a unit of air's temperature to its volume
  • Students will understand that the Sun's energy creates movement in the air, and that motion is called a convective current