Sweet Science: How Sugar Molecules Are Manipulated in Candy Making
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This unit seeks to combine a topic which will appeal to my third grade students while also providing them with the opportunity to learn some basic science. While my students overwhelmingly enjoy science the actual amount of scientific knowledge they have is limited. In the last couple of years fifth grade students and higher have been taking a science test as part of the Connecticut Mastery Test. Presumably the testing in science will eventually be extended down to third and fourth graders. While we do three science kits a year on Rocks, Plants and Unknown Powders most of the children see science as isolated experiments or demonstrations. Little emphasis has been placed on students mastering some basic scientific principle. The hands on process has been stressed without much regard for the actual building of a content of knowledge. One of my main objectives is to have students come away with some fundamental ideas they can build on. In this case, the core ideas will be the effect of heat on sugar solutions.