In this 90 minute lesson, your students will take on the role of a food scientist as they determine the best viscosity for a fruit smoothie. Through an interactive PowerPoint lesson, student background reading and hands on experiment, students will learn all about the job of a food scientist, viscosity and food additives.
Students will first learn about viscosity using a hands on(literally) approach of looking at various liquids. Next, students will learn about the job of a food scientist, and then become food scientists as they work with the "Smiley Smoothie Company." The company has hired your class to test 3 smoothie recipes by varying their viscosity. Your students will collect data on the smoothies and create a bar graph based upon class preference.
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1a Come to discussions prepared having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1c Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.B.3 Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs
Materials Included in this Packet
• Teacher Tips
• Teaching PowerPoint
• Smiley Smoothie Company Reading
• Student Data Tables