Fifth grade students in Ms. Mary Shuman's science class at Wacona Elementary learned about chemical changes using something all kids love...CAKE. The lesson started off with a video entitled "The Magic School Bus: Ready, Set, Dough", which portrayed the students being shrunk and placed inside a baking cake. After watching the video, Ms. Shuman led a class discussion in which students deduced that chemical changes require energy, which is provided by the oven in the case of a cake. It was emphasized that the cake or product was not the same as the reactants or ingredients the students started out with.
The students were then given an opportunity to become chemists and try out the chemical change for themselves. Each group of students received a tray with cake mix, water, oil, a measuring cup,and measuring spoons. The students were given a recipe card and told to follow their recipe card to measure out the correct reactants. When the students were finished with their compounds, Ms. Shuman baked the results to add the heat ingredient to turn the compounds into a new substance. After smelling and viewing the product, the students were then able to eat the product of the chemical change reaction. The experiment helped the students to realize that chemical changes take place everyday all around them, even in their own house. Mr. John Chancey, principal at Wacona Elementary School, applauds the innovative way Ms. Shuman taught students about chemical change. They will surely remember this tasty lesson!
Pictured are Ty'Reona W., Reanna D., Jonathan S., and TJ P.