Soap Surprises

Jazzy and her mom discover why washing with soap and water is the number one way to get rid of coronavirus —and any other germs — on your hands.

Activity: Soap Surprises

An activity to model how soap works

Gather the following materials

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or other type of ground spice)
  • ½ teaspoon cooking oil
  • small cup (for mixing spice and oil)
  • small mixing spoon
  • 3 plastic spoons (other options are plastic knives or craft sticks)
  • 3 cups that hold about 8 ounces
  • liquid soap
  • water
  • labels and pencil or pen
  • ¼ paper towel

Set up the experiment

  1. Mix the ground spice and oil in a small cup.
  2. Cover the bowls of the three plastic spoons with an even and equal amount of the ground spice and oil mixture.
  3. Label the cups “water”, “water and soap”, “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds.”
  4. Fill the “water and soap” cup with water. Put in a squirt of dish soap, and mix.
  5. Pour half of the soap and water mixture into the “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds” cup.
  6. Fill the “water” cup about halfway with water.

Perform the test

  1. Put a coated spoon into each labeled cup.
  2. For the cup labeled “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds,” rub the coated surface with ¼ of a paper towel for 20 seconds.
  3. Observe each spoon.

Soap Surprises Questions

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Meet Big Sam

Big Sam is a 40-something security guard at the high school Jazzy and Vito attend. Big Sam is worried about his health and recently found out his blood pressure is high. He covers up his worries with jokes. He lives in the apartment above Miss Georgia.

Meet Jazzy

Jazzy is a cheerful younger high school age girl. She is a cheerleader and does gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with older people and loves to bake with Miss Georgia. She has asthma and works hard to control it so she can enjoy her activities.

Meet Cardi

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Meet Vito

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Meet Pops

Pops is a retired high school science teacher who loves to keep helping people learn about science and health. He likes to check out what everyone is doing or talking about and step in to give his opinion.

Meet Miss Georgia

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