Objective: Children will investigate changing states of matter as they make pancakes, which contain foods that come from farms.‹ Return to Theme
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All foods are different forms of matter—liquid, solid, or gas. Some foods can change. Changes in matter can come from mixing things together or changing the temperature. For example, water is a liquid. When it is frozen, it is a solid. When water is boiled, it becomes steam, which is a form of gas. Similarly, flour and salt are solids. Milk is a liquid. When solids are mixed together with a liquid, they change. When we made pancakes, the flour and salt changed from a solid to a liquid.
A farm is a large piece of land where food is grown and animals are raised. People who work there are called “farmers” or “farm workers.” Farms produce many of the foods people eat. Farms grow wheat, which is ground up to make flour. Farms also raise chickens, cows, and other animals that produce some of the other foods we eat.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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