Informal Science

A Sweet Halloween Treat

A thought passed through my mind as I glanced at all of that Halloween Candy on the shelves of the store recently. (Of course, I did not indulge:) There was a great webinar presented by ACS recently: “The Sweet Side of Chemistry”—Candy Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond It was aimed at middle school but we all know that topics and content spiral (think of those peppermint sticks) and that wonderful resources can be adjusted for many types of educational events. With this in mind, I went to the archived collection and gathered the resources from the ACS candy webinar. Most of the resources are free and available in the Learning Center. Perhaps they will assist you in building an interesting inquiry lesson as a treat for your students or club or special event on or around Halloween. The collection is attached. Let us know what you find that satisfies your 'sweet' educational offering. Cheers, ~patty


Sweet Side of Chemistry:ACS Collection
(9 items)
Bibliography__Selected_Resources_9-18-2014.pdf
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Gobstopper candy science explorations
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The Sweet Side Of Chemistry - Candy Resources For National Chemistry Week
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Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

Sigh! Sounds great to do with my CI special needs kids, but with the new federal guidelines our district will not allow us to have any candy during school time in our buildings.

Kathleen Heikkinen
Kathleen Heikkinen
835 Activity Points

Hi Kathleen, I know that with some of the new food and allergy rules,teacher's hands are somewhat tied when using foodstuff in the classroom- even burning peanuts for energy. Knowing these restrictions, it is surprising that ACS and other professional organizations continue to promote doing inquiry with common items from the grocery store. have you looked into other kitchen chemistry resources that do not involve eating or peanuts? Patty

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

Kathleen, Let's check the resources in the Learning Center for some chemistry items; meanwhile, you might enjoy looking at this collection of items on simple chromotagraphy.


Chromatography as an Inquiry Tool Collection
(12 items)
Candy_Chromatography.pdf
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Favorite Demonstration: The Roles of Different Mobile Phases in Liquid Chromatography
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Comparing the CO Content of Cigarette Smoke and Auto Exhaust: Measuring Concentrations of Toxic Vapor Using Gas Chromatography
     -Journal Article

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

Here are a few resources from the Learning Center that may be of interest: 1. Book Chapter Kitchen Chemistry By: Christine Anne Royce Grade Level: Elementary School 2. Journal Article Teaching Through Trade Books: Kitchen Chemistry By: Christine Anne Royce Grade Level: Elementary School 3. Someone’s in the Kitchen with Science By: Patricia K. Lowry and Judy Hale McCrary Grade Level: Elementary School Journal Article Check out these journal articles and the book chapter. ~patty

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

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