What Makes Flatulence

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Have you ever wanted to use a whoopie cushion during a middle school class? If so, then this is the lesson for you! Pupils conduct an experiment to observe the build-up of gases as food breaks down. While recognizing the role of giggling and discomfort some may experience by the topic, the lesson teaches the science of flatulence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss where the bacteria came from and why the sugars are fermenting
Classroom Considerations

  • In addition to one full class period, extended observations take place for four days and last about 10 minutes each day
  • If a blender or food processor is not available, the teacher may smash the bananas prior to class or have each group smash their own bananas
Pros

  • Designed to meet national science standards for life science, science as inquiry, and science in personal and social perspectives
  • Uses cheap, readily available materials
  • Provides a thorough teacher content background section
Cons

  • None
Common Core