Lesson Plan

Exploring Baking Powder

Birthday cake wouldn't be light and fluffy without the chemical reactions between ingredients. Young scientists explore some chemical reactions in the 11th installment of a 16 lesson Inquiry in Action series. They determine the substances that combine to make baking powder and identify which react with water to create a gas. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask pupils to compare reactions of baking powder with vinegar and water
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects the ability to recognize indicators of a chemical reaction
  • Collect and prepare materials prior to the activity
Pros
  • Emphasizes the use of the scientific method
  • Offers an option for extending the lesson
Cons
  • None