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I like to do the rice experiment at the beginning of each year. I introduce the scientific process with this experiment and my students have always really enjoyed it.
It's an experiment of the power of thoughts, words, and intentions on water. I use rice since it soaks up so much water through the cooking process and it is easy to see the results.
Cook rice. Place the same amount of rice in two clear, separate containers. Label one container the BAD rice. Label the other container the GOOD rice.
I have my students walk in each day and the must say something mean to the bad rice and use kind words to the good rice. I know, I know it sounds a little crazy talking to rice, but it is worth it.
Last year it took only one week to see the remarkable results on this experiment.
I do this at the beginning of the year because it leads into good discussion about using kind words in the classroom and the effect of saying mean things to others.


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Do you leave the rice at room temp for a week? What does the GOOD rice look like a week later compared to the BAD rice? Just curious if it doesn't spoil/stink...??
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I love this idea and think I might have to try it with my 4th graders. But like NeeCee asked, what noticeable differences can I expect?
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Yes, leave rice at room temp. in the closed container. If done correctly, there will be a huge difference between the two.
The bad rice will be black and have mold while the good rice should stay in pretty good condition.
Make sure to label the two containers.
Check out Youtube to see this experiment. There are several people who have posted this experiment in action.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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I'm confused. Why would only one container go bad if they are both cooked and left out at room temperature?


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same here
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Confused also.... Does this work? It sounds great and all, but how is there such a big difference between the two when they are EXACTLY the same???
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It's an energy thing
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I've seen it work with plants before, but it isn't as rapid of a change, that's why I'm so intrigued by the rice!
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Why it works
Old 07-23-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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A scientist did experiments on water and snowflakes to demonstrate the fact that every word you write, speak, think has either positive or negative energy. He labeled bottles of water with positive or negative words and phrases and then photographed the molecules under a high powered microscope. The molecules in both water and snowflakes that had negative words were grotesquely misshapen, while the positive items were balanced and strikingly beautiful. His book is called Messages from Water.

Here is a link about his experiment .

http://www.life-enthusiast.com/twili...arch_emoto.htm
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This experiment looks awesome!! I am SO going to use it in my room at the beginning of the year. THANKS EVERYONE!! Great post!
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when I watched the you-tube videos, the people did not talk to the rice, the only wrote words. Does it matter if you talk or write? Have you tried both?

If you have, which one works better?

I may try this at home first!!
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That is so cool! I can't wait to try it.
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All right,, I'm game ...
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...I'll give it a shot. Let's all try it at home and report back in a week Really interesting idea, chicks26! Thanks for sharing!
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Alright... I'm in too.
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I'll try this, too
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I've done the experiment with ice cubes -- Say nice things to the water in the ice cube tray before you put it into the freezer. When it's frozen the ice is crystal clear. My control was "ignored" ice -- cloudy!
I'm going to cook some rice right now.
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On Youtube they only write on the containers. I have not tried it like this. I not only write on the container, but I also have my students talk to it. I like for my students to get involved with the experiment by talking to the rice, but some may say that it effects the reliability of the results. The choice is yours.
Don't forget to introduce the scientific process with this experiment. My students have always loved this experiment and NEVER forget it. I have had many students complete this experiment with their family.
This is an experiment that tests the power of our thoughts, words, and intentions on water through the rice. The positively enforced rice should rot slower than the negatively enforced rice.
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Interesting Idea
Old 07-24-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I'm jumping on board and getting started today. Let's report back as to how our experiment turned out !
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This is fascinating...
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and so was the article about the positive and negative influence we have on water!

How do you scientifically explain what has happened?
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Do have the scientific method specifics, lesson plan or a guide to "exactly" how you teach the method. This is so intriguing! Has it ever not worked? Regular rice/minute rice? Does it matter?
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This is fascinating! I can't wait to share it with my team. What a POWERFUL way to teach children the impact of our thoughts and words!
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Question? about the containers...
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should they be placed side by side or on opposite sides of the room? TIA
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Rice is cooked and I am going to try this. It boggles my mind that it works. Do you place the two containers of rice next to each other?
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Using white rice seems to work better. I have used brown rice, but it took much longer for results to show.
Keep the containers in the same place.
As of right now, I do not have any lesson plans typed up for this experiment, but I might try to work on that. I will post them when I complete it.
I am glad all of you are excited about this experiment. I hope it works for each of you! I would love to hear about your results!!
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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If you yell at the bad rice and say things sweetly to the good rice, isn't that impacting it?

My DH brought up that your voice inflection (I hate you! and You are great! the different way you say each is the reason this works).

What if you yelled You are awesome! to the Good rice? And said calmly You suck to the bad rice? Would the results be the same???
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Anyone tried this?
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Has anyone tried this? What were the results? How did you make sure there were no bacteria introduced? (as in, how did you clean the jars, was the rice taken from the same part of the pot after cooking, etc.) How do you explain this to the kids as science and to illustrate the scientific process? I think the idea behind it is great, but how do you pass it off as science?
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Another thought...
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Shouldn't you have a control in this experiment? There should be a third jar of rice that you don't speak to at all. They should all be placed side by side so there is no difference in light, temperature, etc...
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NC5th had some great questions. I am going to try this at home as well. I can't wait to hear the results.

This will be my first year teaching the Scientific Process to the entire fourth grade so I want something intriguing.
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Scientifically Questionable
Old 07-27-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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This would be wonderful as a character ed activity, but I don't think it's scientifically sound. I watched some of the videos on youtube, but there was also one that I watched called "Debunking Emoto Rice Experiment." When the experiment was controlled, there was no difference in the jars. I think I'm still going to try it at home to see if it works for me, though
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what!?! I am super skeptical on this one...please report back ladies
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Well, it's been a week ...
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and the rice that I would tensely whisper, "You suck!" at does have quite a bit of mold.

The rice with a smiley face on it that I would compliment on its hair and choice of attire doesn't have as much.

I kept mine in disposable plastic containers from Glad.

As far as science, I can't speak to that -- but my own children thought it was a lot of fun. And it did make the point that our own words, energy, choices do definitely have an impact on others.
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I have a hard time understanding the scientific connection with this but love the idea and have decided to use it for character building. After reading all the comments about Carol McClould's book Have You Filled a Bucket Today, I thought about using that concept and pairing it with this experiement.

Any feedback?
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I did this with my granddaughter, not believing it work and it did. The difference is amazing!! My plans are use it for helping my students see how words used do make a difference. Hopefully, the students that tend to say mean things, or speak before thinking will stop and think once they see the results.
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With my classroom it worked!! You can imagine my surprise! I was thinking about this and trying to compare the difference between at home and at school. At school, I was more precise about things. The containers never got touched or moved, but at home they did. At school, the rice was spoken to every day, but at home there were a couple of days missed. Now, my students want to try a few other things with this idea. This week, we are going to talk to the "good rice" with a harsher tone and to the "bad rice" with a soft pleasant voice. They have a few theories and want to test them out.

I love where this going!
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