Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Discovery Bottles


I have 13 bottles shown above and I am going to show just how and what to do to make yourself a set just like this!  
 I have been known to empty a set of water bottles into a pitcher in order to have empty bottles to work with! My other set is three years old and they were made with recycled water bottles.  They have gotten really thin.  I recommend stronger plastic like these. 

Here are the labels I used for my bottles 
{Click to print}
The first group of bottles I made are for spelling/word work/sight word practice.  They are called word bottles. {Pretty original name if you ask me} Run the words below on cardstock, cut, and put them in your bottle with filler. 
This is one of my word bottles.  The filler here is rice.  Be sure to leave room at the top so the rice will move around freely exposing words here and there for the students to read and record.
I made three different word bottles.  Each with a different filler. -- Rice, Salt, and pom poms.
I am going to list out all the items I used for filler, but the sky is the limit!  Just start cleaning out your cupboards, pantry, or craft closet!
Bottle Fillers:
rice
sand
beans
elbow pasta
salt
confetti
glitter
pom poms
karo syrup
water
tissue paper pieces


Here is the recording sheet for the word bottles

Next I made some science discovery bottles and an observation/recording sheet to go with them. I begin the school year with these as my first science workstation.  It is a great way to set expectations and allow students to explore as they get used to workstation time.
This is a static electricity bottle.  I put in small pieces of tissue paper.  Students rub the bottle on their head or clothes and the tissue paper sticks to the side of the bottle where they rubbed it. 
This ocean bottle is 1/2 water 1/4 oil and blue food coloring.  It shows the layer of oil and water and when the students roll it around it makes waves.
This tornado bottle is 1/4 glitter (any color) half water and a little clothes detergent for a nice cloud at the top.
These density bottles have three marbles in the bottom.  Students roll the bottle around and can compare how the marbles move through the mystery liquid.  I also put a few star sequins in there for some fun.  They float through the thick liquid. The filler for Density one is light Karo syrup.  The filler for Density two is shampoo.  {You could also use hair gel, body wash or anything thick but pretty transparent so students can see the marbles moving}


The sink or float bottle is half full of water.  I went through the junk drawer and found some random objects to put in.  I made sure some would sink and some would float.  The magnetic bottle has confetti as my filler but inside are some magnetic objects also found in my junk drawer.  Students move a magnet around the outside of the bottle and are surprised when a paper clip or a screw stick to the side of the bottle and the confetti rolls away.  
 Things like paper clips, legos, tiny toys, screws, nuts, bolts, rubber bands, penny or other small objects. 
Here is the observation sheet for the science bottles
 
Next I made number bottles for math tubs.  These can be both beginner level as well as advanced. You print the number sheet on cardstock, cut, and put the numbers in the bottles with your filler of choice. You can have them record the numbers they find, add, or subtract as your year progresses.  The recording sheet gives an example.  You can also have them compare the numbers for greater than and less than. 

 Click to grab the numbers for both beginner and advanced as well as the number recording sheet.
 Tips: Be sure to hot glue your bottles closed and put a number on the lid of each bottle for easy reference when students write about bottles during the science center. 

There is a lot of information online about discovery bottles!  These shown are what I choose to use for my class.  I hope this helped make it easier for you!

114 comments:

  1. Reagan these bottles are great! Thanks for sharing. I am off to drink a case of water now. lol

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  2. Glug! Glug! I'm following Mrs. Kohlheep's lead...drink up! Thanks for your ideas. I can see this becoming a popular station in my second grade class! :)

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  3. Great idea!! Thank you. I had use the oil/water but never think of word or number bottles.

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  4. This is a fantastic idea! I love all of your creativity and the downloads are wonderful!!! Thanks so much!

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  5. Love Love Love these!! Thank you so much for posting. I need to get to work on some of these for my classroom. I think my students would love them.

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  6. Love these. I am going to have my 5th graders make them for their prayer partners in 1st grade! What a great way for them to learn and share the results! Thanks!

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  7. Wow! What a fabulous idea! I am a new follower thanks to this linky party! Stop by & check out my 200 follower giveaway!
    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

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  8. You have made my day!!! I'm off to drink away...

    Mireya
    yayaagu@aol.com

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  9. Wow, these are just fabulous. I have been saving bottles for a while to make word bottles, but those are totally going out the window now in favour of those awesome discovery bottles. I might just have to put the word out there to all my friends to save bottles for me as I am not sure it is possible for one girl to drink that much!

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  10. I love this idea! I'm going to use these for incentives to come to school on time. My students will be able to discover them before announcements begin.

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  11. I am soooo excited to use these with my second graders. I will use the density bottles idea with many liquids as a new element to our liquids lab.
    Thanks so much-Catherin

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  12. What fun! I'm off to get started!

    http://quenchyourfirst.blogspot.com

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  13. I love this idea. I teach art but if someone gets done early with a project they could do one of these! FUN!

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  14. I may use the word bottle idea for my four year olds only I am going to substitute letters for the words - have one for lower case as well! Thanks for getting me thinking!

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  15. I'm a homeschooling mom and I LOVE this idea. Not sure where to keep them in my house, but so worth the challenge. I know my three curious boys will love them!

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    1. A clear shoe storage hanger (the kind designed to hang on a door with pockets for indiviual shoes) would be great for storing these. You can use either a child or adult size depending on your bottle size. These are great for storing other items as well. Use large dixie cups in the pockets and wha la an art organizer. They can also be hung in many locations... even over the back of a chair. Just be sure to tie the bottom to the legs

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  16. You can also make color change bottles (primary to secondary) using colored lamp oil and water colored with food coloring. Takes a little adjustment to get the balance right so colors come out accurate. I have been doing these for years. Unfortunately, with the "green" push, bottles have become thinner. Don't use regular poland spring ones. When you purchase bottles for this activity, give them a squeeze and make sure they are a bit thinker, perhaps like the ones she is showing :) Tracie

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  17. Oh, these are very cool! I really like the way you have used labels/words inside and out.

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  18. These are so awesome! I can't wait to make them before the school year begins! I've never heard of discovery bottles. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Love these! What fun! Tried to print the labels, etc., but can't read them.

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  20. Where have you been my entire career? I love these!! Thank you so much!!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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  21. This is amazing! what an idea! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

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  22. This is AWESOME! I'm headed to Costco buy some Gatorade now. Thank you so much for sharing...I am a new follower :)
    ~Rachel
    asartiparty.blogspot.com

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  23. I have been saving vitamin water bottles for a couple of months now KNOWING that I'd use them for something... my husband thanks you for giving me a project to get them out of our garage finally!!!

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  24. This is awesome. Thank you for sharing and I WILL be making these for my second grade class. Plenty of time to empty more bottle! Also great for Social Studies vocab...thinking red, white, and blue confetti.

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  25. These are fantastic! Can't wait to use them in my class!
    Thanks!!!

    Nikki

    Miss Greenfield’s Room 5

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  26. These are absolutely amazing! I can't wait to get started on them and see how happy my little 1st graders will be to use them! Thanks!

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  27. I've seen these around, but thanks for rally taking the time to explain in detail and with pictures!
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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  28. Awesome!!! I already made a word bottle and a letter one!!!! Now on to making science ones. Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas.... I needed more for science centers.... Now to come up with Social Studies.... Any ideas anyone....
    Thanks for the help getting started.....
    www.heidi'skrazykinderblogspot.com

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  29. Just found your blog today and am now a follower. I love this idea. It is perfect for sight words. Thanks
    -Lauren
    www.weeklyhive.blogspot.com
    Come visit and share!

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  30. So super awesome! I put a little shout out on my fb fan page :) Now I'm off to guzzle some water and buy sparkly pom poms!

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  31. LOVE IT! I am really trying to "go green" this year in my class. Can't wait to share this with the head green queen at my school!

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  32. WoW! I'm impressed! I can't wait to try out the math bottles. Thanks so much and I also reposted this on my facebook page.

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  34. I am thinking of all kinds of extensions for this - animals, colors, little laminated pics from stories we read, Scrabble letters, ABC beads from Walmart...

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  35. Thanks so much for posting this! I re-pinned it on Pinterest but never found out where the idea came from.


    Jennifer

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  36. i just love these bottles!!! i make them for myself though. theyre so fun!!!

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  37. Awesome! After 35 years int he classroom, I'm still looking for new ideas. I love these! My next weekend project will be to make these. Thanks
    Jeannie - grade 2 - Ohio

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  38. Holy Wonderful Bottles! Thank you so much for sharing this - I can't wait to get started with them! The possibilities are endless! You have such a cute blog with wonderful ideas. Happy new school year!

    So Then There Were 2

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  39. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I'm addicted!!

    Danielle

    http://oneandwonder.blogspot.com/

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  40. Thank you so much for these! They are wonderful and my kids will love them. You made my day.

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  41. Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to make these!

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  42. These are great tutoring aides. thanks.

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  43. Thank you for being so creative and for sharing your great ideas! I'm making these TODAY! If I think of additional bottles, I'll post them in a comment. Thank you again!

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  44. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas. I can envision using these for science and more.

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  45. Amazing idea! I L.O.V.E. all of the different bottle activities!!! I can't wait to try these in my classroom! Perfect acitity for a parent volunteer to organize! Thank you so much for sharing with detail!

    ~Meghan

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  46. Thank you for sharing the bottle ideas and the worksheets you created to go with them. I am going to look for some good bottles tomorrow at the store.
    :)Sue
    http://theverybusykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  47. Ooooh, I've already posted before how much I love these, but can you please, pretty please, link this post at my new blog "The Green Classroom?" Or at least give me permission to link it? Thank you so very much! Such a great post!

    Your Green Classroom

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  48. You just made my new year! Our homeschool will have fun exploring these. Thanks! (Found via pinterest)

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  49. Thank you so much for the wonderful printable labels and sheets! Yours is the best sight by far for practical, usable ideas!

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  50. I teach 3-4 yr old children in a Head Start class. What a great way to strengthen letter knowledge! I just put in letter cards instead of words and watch the excitement in the children as they call out the letters they see!! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I have made some of the discovery bottles with my daughter and she is going to use them for her science project. I plan on printing out the directions, so her friends can make thier own.

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  52. These are wonderful ideas!!! Thank you for sharing!

    Abbie

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to build a discovery bottle center for my class.

    Kathy

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  54. I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 young ones. 7,4,and 3.
    We will have a blast with these!!

    Can't wait to gorge myself on water for the sake of the cause!

    I'll link you up on my blog when they are finished! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

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  55. These bottles are FANTASTIC!!! The possibilities are endless. Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea!!

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  56. These bottles are so excellent! I am not going to look at bottles in the same way again - now all I see are the possibilities. I can't wait to make some. Thank you!

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  57. Cute, cute, cute!!! :)

    -VS

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  58. Cool idea. But to be a little nit-picky, the density bottles are really demonstrations of viscosity, or resistance to flow, not density. The concept of density is covered in your sink or float bottle.

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  59. I LOVE, LOVE these bottles! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. I absolutely LOVE THIS! I have somehow never heard of a discovery bottle but am glad I have 'discovered' this!

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  61. Thanks for sharing your printable sheets!!

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  62. Thanks for the ideas! I found the perfect bottles if you want something sturdy but smaller. The milk bottles you get with kid's meals at most fast food places (I've gotten identical ones from Wendy's and Burger King)are very sturdy, and you just have to snip off the plastic sleeve-no goop to try and get off. They are also smooth sided and clear. We don't eat out much so I've only collected five so far but may make a few more stops so I can use some of the ideas you've posted.
    Thanks!

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  63. I'm going to have the kids also use multiplication and or division with the number bottles. Also thought about putting dice in much smaller ones. My students see to have difficulty with "flying" dice when using them. Gatorade bottles are perfect!!! Since it is still baseball season here, I have PLENTY to use. Thanks for sharing your ideas. LOVE THEM!!!

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    1. Lisa, as for "flying" dice I had the same difficulty with my first graders.I wanted something small but wanted clear and non-breakable. I immediately thought of my grandson's baby food containers. They are plastic, and rectanglular with a top and one or two dice fit in perfectly. My students shake them then put them down on the desk and read the dots on the dice through the container. They love it!

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  64. Great explaining! I am an 8th grade science teacher, but still use bottles! I had students create them and I have carried a good portion of them with me every year to demonstrate. I love how you described each one and how to make it and all the details! Thanks so much!

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  65. Making some today! I am excited to do this for kindergarten. I'm thinking of making a COIN bottle, too, to help my kids solidify their knowledge of our coins. Thank you!

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  66. OOh, on my way to the ballfields to collect empty gatorade bottles! Possibilities are endless!! I've seen the name bottles and object ones but never the science ones. Awesome ideas, thank you for sharing! :)

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  67. I love the discovery bottle idea. I'm making some for back to school for my second graders to use the first days of school
    1. Names of classmates-- could be alphabetized or not
    2. Back to school objects- erasers, pencils, pens, etc.
    3. What we'll learn this year-- names of topics or units
    3. People in our school -- nurse, teachers, headmaster, librarian etc.

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  68. These are amazing!!! I bought my kids vitamin water today and they are in heaven. They're wondering why I keep telling them to drink faster, though. ;)

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  69. These are SOO fun!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  70. Thanks for sharing! Now I am off to chug some gatorade....

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  71. These are so great! I am really excited to make them, however when I try and print the PDF it comes out as black smudges before printing? Is there another way I could get the bottle documents?
    Thank you!
    MRS. O

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  72. Simply amazing!!!!!

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    1. totally! she is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

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  73. Just started staying home with for girls and homeschooling them- these are great!

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  74. I want these!! :-) But I can't get the word list or recording chart to print? Any suggestions? Would you be willing to e-mail them to me at debisom1@yahoo.com? I just started a long term sub and really need to come up with some word work ideas!! Thanks so much! Great ideas!

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  75. As a new teacher, thank you sooo much for sharing! I can't wait to get started.

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  78. I saw these and thought I would make one or two to let my kindergartners use. Turns out, they were a HUGE hit. I cannot drink the Gatorade fast enough! Haha Thanks for all the ideas!

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  79. This is really interesting, You're a incredibly skilled blogger. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. LOVE THESE IDEAS!!! Thank u!

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  81. LIke your other commentors (a word?), I love this idea. I came here looking for science stuff, but my own kid is struggling with sight words. And by struggling, I mean refuses to read them. I've decided to choose sight words based on video game words, like, "menu" and "select" so he has the motivation to learn them. This bottle idea will be a perfect way to make it more fun!

    I would love if you shared this post at a week-long linky I'm hosting this week. http://www.stemmom.org/2013/02/stem-themed-linky-party-2.html

    Darci the STEM Mom

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  82. Does anyone have any suggestions how to keep the words from statically clinging to each other and to the bottle? They all get stuck and only a few can be read. I tried laminating the words and not.

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  83. Love the record sheet! Perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Hi, what a great post and terrific ideas! I've pinned it and am planning on doing this with my boys during the summer! I've also put a link on my blog if you wanna check it out (I hope it's OK with you!)
    Have a great weekend!
    Ang

    http://www.themommytalks.com/fun-with-sensory-bottles/

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  87. These are so awesome! I can't wait to use these in my classroom! Just a question though. How long do they typically last? Just wondering how far in advance I could make them. Thank you for sharing!

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  92. these bottles could keep me entertained for AT LEAST an hour!! Once again, Reagan Tunstall has done it again!! :)

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  93. Awesome variety on this idea. We've done an I spy but I love the other ideas here.

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  94. I absolutely love this idea! So creative and hand-on. I'm going to make some sight word, math, and science discovery bottles for my Special Education class! THANK YOU!

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  97. Thanks for the idea! Love this for my kinders!

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