Popping Popcorn: Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Based Learning Activity

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This is an engaging, problem-based inquiry activity that will get your students thinking deeply about chemical and physical changes. Designed for science students in the middle grades, this lesson uses something most people like - popcorn - to help distinguish between chemical and physical properties and changes.

The question of whether popping popcorn is a physical change or a chemical change is a tough one. Students will explore this question in this lesson by:
- observing popcorn pop in slow motion
- examining kernels and popped pieces of popcorn
- participating in active formative assessments
- discussing and debating
- recording information

This product includes these teacher materials:
- very detailed, step-by-step instructions for this fun, standards and problem-based lesson
- guiding questions, materials management suggestions, and important notes and take-aways for the teacher to communicate to students
- explaination regarding whether popping popcorn is a physical or chemical change so the teacher can facilitate student learning in this activity.

This product includes these student materials:
- 3 student handouts
- 2 foldables

Thank you for considering purchasing my product! This is a favorite activity in my science classes.
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Popping Popcorn:  Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Bas
Popping Popcorn:  Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Bas
Popping Popcorn:  Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Bas
Popping Popcorn:  Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Bas