This is such a fun and simple science experiment that effortlessly integrates reading & writing!
Students will learn about why apples turn brown after they're sliced. They will complete an experiment to discover how to slow down the oxidation process and keep apple slices fresh. For the experiment students will soak apple slices in salt water, lemon water, vinegar water, and tap water observe and determine the best substance to use. Everything needed to complete the scientific process and set up the written experiment is included!
1. Have students read the article or read it together as a class. This article builds background knowledge, but still allows them to create their own hypothesis. I complete a close read with the article and lead a class discussion.
2. After reading the article, you are ready to set up the experiment. I have included an example for you. Students will set up and complete the experiment while recording their observations. I included two versions of the experiment set up. Primary students may benefit most from the fill in the blank template while intermediate students are ready to set up the entire experiment themselves.
3. After completing the experiment students write a paragraph informing others about what they have learned. I have included two templates for the rough draft. Some students will be ready to write a basic paragraph with simple supporting details. Other students will be ready to take it a step further by adding an interesting detail to each supporting sentence. I have also included an example of a rough draft and final draft.
4. Finally, after students have edited their rough draft they copy their final draft paragraph onto the final draft paper and display for the whole school to see!
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