Dragon’s blood

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By Helen Clarecreative science project manager

Ignite imaginations with fire-breathing dragons and mysterious liquids!

This investigation gives children the opportunity to use a range of scientific techniques to analyse a liquid. They are asked to think of questions, to observe using their senses, to measure using different instruments, and to experiment with the processes of filtration and evaporation. The liquid represents dragon’s blood, from the story on Activity sheet 2, ‘Magical liquid’. The story follows Arundel and Peveril, who are on a quest to find a cure for the king’s dying daughter, and are unsure as to whether the dragon’s blood is the curative liquid they need.

Rather than giving separate lower and upper junior activities, the investigation splits into nine activities of various difficulty. This creates a menu from which you can design a lesson suitable for your class. Differentiation can also be achieved, by asking groups of children of different abilities to carry out experiments that feed into the class investigation – you could provide instruction cards for the children that need them.

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