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Coal Flowers: An Historic Craft


Levels: Grades K-8

Topics: properties of matter, chemistry

Description: Part science and part social studies, the making of "coal flowers" is a colorful chemistry experiment. Actually, the coal does little more than serve as the foundation for what becomes a beautiful collection of crystal "flowers," but because it was plentiful, coal mining families of the 1800s and 1900s used it to create these attractive decorations. You can, too.

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