Genetically Modified Foods, known as GMO’s, are foods that have had their genes altered through science or genetic engineering, which is monitored through the EPA, the FDA and the USDA. Did you know that many of the foods found in our grocery stores contain at least one ingredient that has been genetically modified? Should we be informed as consumers when this process is affecting the foods we eat? Should genetically modified foods be labeled? There is a huge debate surrounding this dispute. How do your students weigh in on this topic?
Promoting Science Activities with Young Children
Recently I had a student who was hired to babysit young elementary aged children ask me for suggestions of activities she could do with children. She wanted something that was fun, engaging, and would pique their curiosity. We talked about a lot of options that included arts, crafts, cooking and games. Finally after further discussion and investigation, I suggested science related activities that revolved around crafts.
Extreme Lesson Plan Make Over: Leavening Agents
Christine, a family and consumer science teacher from New Jersey submitted her leavening agents lesson plan for a makeover. This is what she said about it, “I love that I am attempting to show show the students the food science…
What do Babies Think?
The idea for this lesson came from Alison Gopnik’s work studying babies minds. “What’s it like to be a baby? It’s like being in love in Paris for the first time after you’ve had three double espressos” she says. This lesson is an introduction to scientific studies on human beings and aims to replicate Ms. Gopnik’s broccoli vs. goldfish empathy experiment.
The Effects of Flour on Cookies
The purpose of this lesson is to see how different types of flour changes a cookie recipe. The ultimate objective is to determine the best flour to use in this cookie recipe and why flours change the cookie.
Fast Food Fanatic Project
There has been a lot of hype and a nation wide stirring about Fast Food over the past couple years thanks to movies like Super Size Me and Food, Inc.
Most recently Fast Food hit the news again as a photographer startled the world with pictures of “the indestructible happy meal” that looked exactly the same for over six months that it was on her shelf the only difference being that it was hard as a rock. So I ask my students to do a similar experiment decomposing fast food in my classroom window, make their own predictions, take pictures, and finally draw their own conclusions.
Since there are already a lot of lessons on yeast and yeast breads, this is a compilation of my favorite yeast recipes, lessons, videos and scientific explanations.
Food Science Links
Website Yeast Experiments Lesson Plans Bacteria’s Role in Food : This lesson allows students to experiment with bacteria’s role in food. The students make their own yogurt and an oriental dish to explore the role microorganisms played in the taste…