Anchor Phenomenon Ideas: Use a hot plate to warm water and cinnamon sticks or cloves. Then, set a few M&Ms on a plate with some water. Finally, share this amazing video A Boy and His Atom with your students. Record student questions as they figure out how all of these are connected to each other!
Make it Relevant: Help students make connections between the elements on the periodic table and their everyday lives. Begin each day with fun facts about a new element.
Tips and Tricks: If you have multiple students completing the vanilla investigation, your whole room will soon be scented! You can send students into surrounding (unscented) hallways to collect valid data.
This is an excellent time to review good experimental design. Talk through each investigation before students begin to make sure they reduce variables and plan to collect quantitative data.
One molecule of vanilla, C8H8O3
Spinach has 2.6mg of iron per 100 gram serving!