Saturday, April 2, 2011
New Theme When We Return/Kitchen Chemistry
Children are natural scientists, and love to do hands-on experiments. I remember many times in my childhood mixing all the ingredients in the bathroom cupboards to make potions and solutions. It didn’t thrill my parents, but I loved seeing the solutions change in color and density, and enjoyed exploring the different smells and textures.
In the 1st/2nd grade classroom, I hope to encourage this natural curiosity by providing many opportunities to observe, predict and experiment. April is Food Science/Kitchen Chemistry month, and we will use all sorts of items found in most household kitchens. For instance, we will determine what liquid yeast likes best by doing a controlled experiment, and explore why soap works. We may even get to eat some of our results, as we make our own butter or ice cream.
Students will become familiar with the Scientific Method, and learn why it is important to change only one variable at a time.