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Popcorn is fun to make, healthy to eat, and a great ingredient for science experiments. Whether you are entertaining preschoolers or teaching middle-schoolers the scientific method, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these popcorn pages.
Jolly Time Popcorn Kids Club
The games are fun, the snacks are tasty, and there’s even a smattering of science to explore at Jolly Time Popcorn Kids Club. If you’re looking for recipes, you’ll find some in the Kids Recipe Box and others in Cozy Kitchen. Best click is the Science of Popcorn section, where you’ll learn what makes popcorn pop, and read about the history of popcorn with a timeline that starts 82,000 years ago. For teachers, the Poppin’ Library has lesson plans filed by subject.
KCTS Learning Quest: Popcorn Science!
Tom Charouhas’ classroom at Rose Hill Junior High in Redmond, Washington was filmed testing the “popability” of bargain brand and gourmet popcorn. Do the kernels of Brand A or Brand B pop more efficiently? Efficiency was measured by calculating the percent of unpopped kernels, and by comparing pre-pop and post-pop mass. In addition to watching the Real Audio video clip, you can pick up printable lab packets, hypotheses worksheets, and grading rubrics.
Ohio Corn: Kids CORNer
Don’t let the plain looking entrance fool you, there is plenty here for elementary-age students to learn about corn production and corn products. Each of the three activity groups (too bad they don’t have better titles) is divided into four pages of learning, experiments and multiple-choice quizzes. Don’t miss the microwave recipe for creating biodegradable plastic from corn starch and corn oil. You’ll find it in Activities Group 3: Become an Environmental Scientist. The teacher guides include a glossary and answer keys.
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