A Chocolate Lover's Lesson on Matter (with a freebie for you!)

It is no secret at our school that I almost always have a huge stash of chocolate in my classroom.  I've been known to eat more than my fair share of chocolate at school (dark is my weakness), and my teaching neighbor may or may not have caught me eating chocolate before 8am this week;).  As a true lover of chocolate, I cannot help but use it in my teaching!

This week, since I had a good excuse, we did a fun chocolate investigation to study the changing states of matter. Here's how it went...

First, I had the kiddos observe their baggie of chocolate chips.  They used a graphic organizer to draw the chips and circled to describe their state of matter.  Then, the students "applied heat" by squeezing gently or lightly breathing on their bag for two minutes--for some reason the boys really loved breathing on their bags!


Next, they drew what their chocolate looked like and circled to show the state of matter.


Then, we put the chocolate baggies in the freezer for five minutes. (During this time, we watched a quick BrainpopJr. video on the Changing States of Matter).  After the five minutes were up, we opened the bags to see that the chocolate had in fact returned to a solid shape--this time, the shape of the bag.


Afterwards, we discussed what they learned about temperature and its effect on the states of matter. Yay for this sweetie, sounding out temperature!


If you'd like to try this fun experiment with your class, click the image below to get the graphic organizer for free! Oh, and don't forget to leave a few chocolate chips for yourself! You know I would!


Have a great weekend!





24 comments:

  1. Oooh! This is so wonderful :) I love that you let them melt the chocolate without making a mess! I can't wait to add this to my "Chocolate Day" plans! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  2. I love your chocolate experiment! How fun!!

    I'm so glad I found your blog...it's so cute! :)

    Rachel
    A-B-Seymour

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  3. Glad you like it!

    Jenny, I almost died when I read that you have an entire, "Chocolate Day!" Why didn't I think of that? Hopefully I can squeeze it in before the end of the year--sounds wonderful!

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  4. I found this through Pinterest and it is the coolest idea! I'm a future teacher (currently a junior in college) and in our school placement we have to spend an entire day teaching science in May. My topic is changes in matter so I think I'm going to do this with my kiddos! Thank you! Love your blog, by the way!
    Ainsley

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  5. Thanks for the great matter activity. I'm a chocolate lover, too! Just discovered your blog and am your newest follower.
    Thanks for the freebie.
    Connie :)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  6. This is great! I'm a new follower. Love your ideas.


    Yearn to Learn Blog

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  7. I never would've thought of using chocolate when studying matter. Such a good idea!

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  8. I love this idea!

    I'm your newest follower! Cute blog!!

    Jessica @ secondgradenest.blogspot.com

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  9. Hello there! Are you mostly an often online user or maybe you are more into face to face communication?

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  10. I am having trouble downloading and printing the organizer for the chocolate experiment. I am a first year teacher, so I beg/borrow/steal anything I can that I think my students will love. Please email me the recording sheet at lynne.dettra@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  11. Thanks for the chocolate freebie! I had it pinned and am just now printing it to use with my first graders. They're going to love it!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing!! I was looking for a fun activity to help discuss heating matter, and this is perfect and age-appropriate for my first and second graders!! :) Can't wait until next week when we can do it.

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