Set up Split kids into three groups. A margarine team, a wowbutter team, and a jelly team. Give each team a data collection sheet. Place the table cloth on the ground next to the ladder or under the high place.
How to In this activity kids will test weather or not bread always falls buttered side down. As the administrator of this activity you will lead the kids through each step to ensure safety and consistency. Explain to the kids that they are participating in a real scientific experiment, and that they will need to follow the directions to a T so that the data collected is accurate.
Step 1 - have the kids measure one tablespoon of their spread and spread it on a piece of bread. Have the kids fill in their predictions of the data collection sheet. Next hold the ladder and have one person from the margarine team climb the ladder. Have the child hold the bread margarine side up out over the table cloth on the ground.
Ask the other members of team margarine to watch and try and make note of how the bread falls, does it flip or turn or just fall straight down. Have the kid holding the bread drop the bread. Note how the bread landed and have the children record the data on their collection sheet. Repeat this task with team wowbutter and team jelly.
Step 2 - have the kids measure two tablespoons and repeat the experiment. Have them note any differences between one tablespoon and two
Step 3 - This time add three tablespoons and repeat the experiment.
Wrap up Have kids discuss how they think gravity affects the falling bread. Ask if their predictions were correct and what they learned from this activity.
My Experience Kids love this activity, it’s messy, and allows them to climb a ladder. While these things get the kids participating by the end they were truly interested in the outcome. They even talked about trying it again with other foods like cupcakes with frosting. Of course, they were probably just trying to get me to buy them cupcakes, but if it gets them engaged and learning I may just do that!
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