Energy of a Peanut

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Are you nuts? An engaging experiment burns nuts to find their kilocalories. Young chemists analyze at least two different types of nuts with their experimental results versus what is on the package. The resource offers a great lab for connecting food labels and understanding that calories are a unit of measuring energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research nutrition labels and how a company determines a serving size
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of food allergies
  • Experiment should not be performed as written on a nut-free campus
  • Follow all safety precautions
Pros

  • Math connections are introduced in "non-math" situations
  • Aligned with food science curriculum
  • Helps explain something learners see every day
Cons

  • None
Common Core