Topics Covered in this Unit Study:
Summertime is all about staying cool while the sun shines outside, burning everything up along with it. I like to use summertime as a "laid back" version of regular school. This summer, we are doing a unit study on baking. Every week, we bake something new. Actually, pretty much every day the kids are learning to bake or cook something, but the unit study itself is focused on baking.
Baking is a smart and creative unit study for any grade level. My baking unit study teaches the following:
Unit Study: Baking
Critical Thinking and Information Sourcing
Questions to be answered:
You will need four, quart-size zip-lock bags.
• Bag #1: yeast
• Bag #2: yeast and water
• Bag #3: yeast, water, and sugar
• Bag #4: yeast, water, and flour
Add the following materials to the labeled bags:
• Bag #1: 2 t. yeast
• Bag #2: 2 t. yeast and 1/4 cup warm water
• Bag #3: 2 t. yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1 T. sugar
• Bag #4: 2 t. yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1 T. flour
Squeeze out as much air as you can and zip each bag. Put the bags in a warm place for 15 to 30 minutes. What changes do you notice have occurred?
Acid-Base TutorialEvery food is either acid-forming or alkalinizing. Our bodies need some of both kinds, although alkalinizing foods are better. Find out what foods are acid-based and which are alkaline-based.
Questions to Answer:
Understanding Chemical Reactions
In this experiment we will make a bag explode, so you may want to have an adult help you. You will need water, a measuring cup, zip-lock sandwich bags, paper towels, and a tablespoon of baking soda and vinegar.