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We had been in a cooking project which lead us to cooking appliances used in the kitchen mainly the skillet, crock pot, blender and magic bullet. We have several questions for someone who might be able to share how electricity works in relation to these items.
Today, several children joined to sketch a cord from a crock pot. One question that has come up several times is whether or not the electricity that powers kitchen appliances is different from those that power our cell phones, lamps, etc. A child wondered if we sketched, investigated, compared and contrasted the two cords if that would answer our question. So, we started that journey today.
Above: A child (4.8) sketches the cord. He counts five lines in the cord and draws five lines on his paper. He then identifies a square and makes it. He then traces the rest of the cord before completing his work.
Our chili was a success! The pot is almost empty and we only shared a bowl with the person who brings us lunch. Some of our children tried chili for the first time and loved it! While enjoying what we created, the children talked about another soup we could make so that we could see the changes in the ingredients. So far, the chidlren are thinking of something with cheese so they can see the cheese melt. We plan on dicussing our next soup this afternoon.
Last week, we read the book Pigs in the Pantry and role played the entire story. We talked about the different measurement tools the characters were using and even pretended to chop, dice, and saute many of our pretend ingredients. During this same week, we were discussing liquids, solids, and gases in relation to our weather project. After reading the book for several days and role-playing, the children asked if we could make chili based on the recipe from the book. We couldn’t say no!! We knew that we could discuss the changes of the types of food as we brown the meat, saute the vegetables, and prepare the chili. We felt this would combine so much of our curriculum into this activity.
Yesterday, we spent time organizing our food and taste testing many ingredients. We classified each item into gas, solid, or liquid. Sometimes, the children would guess right away where they thought the item would fit. Other times the children would wait until they saw the contents in the can. Several children who are typically are picky eaters tried items with us that they would never have tried in the past! They even liked some of them!! They even shared they would try the chili!
Today, we prepared the chili and it is currently cooking in our crock pot!
To find out what has happened so far check out our power point:
Pigs in the Pantry