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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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?
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...
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
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.
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.
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.