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Kitchen Chemistry

These are center activities for a 2 week unit on Kitchen Chemistry. Hands-on activities are adapted from suggestions in Steve Spangler's book, "Naked Eggs And Flying Potatoes Book: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun!" QR Codes linked to each center (to print as center signs) are available as a Google Doc. The PDF file I'm using to manage student groups and daily center assignments is also available via Google Drive.
There are 8 center activities for this unit. 5 of the activities are hands-on labs, and 3 are videos. For each center, students will post a reflection to their blog or to our class AudioBoo account. On day 2 of this unit (because of a teacher absence) students are watching Geek Week - The Spangler Effect LIVE! from August 6, 2013 on YouTube.


Chemistry Videos

Check out IESYukon student "Narrated Slideshows" (created with the iPad app Explain Everything) describing some of the procedures and things we learned in our Kitchen Chemistry experiments and activities! These are linked in a YouTube playlist. Here is one example.

Advance Preparation and Supplies

Needed Supplies
  1. Cooler for water (sinking soda)
  2. Microwave (soap souffle)
  3. measuring cup
  4. measuring spoons
  5. safety glasses
  6. dinner plates
Needed Consumables
  1. 6 12 oz soda cans: 3 diet, 3 regular
  2. double pan balance (scale)
  3. Taco Bell taco sauce packets (LOTS - different flavors)
  4. small styrofoam plates (taco sauce penny cleaner)
  5. large styrofoam plates (soap souffle)
  6. Iodized salt
  7. Vinegar (taco sauce penny cleaner AND Auto-inflating balloon)
  8. Tomato paste
  9. Ivory soap and other kinds of soap
  10. Banking Soda
  11. Latex balloons
  12. small plastic bottles (auto-inflating balloon)
  13. milk (whole)
  14. food coloring (read, yellow, green, blue)
  15. cotton swabs
  16. Dawn dish soap
For clean up
  1. Tubs for rinse water