Phase Change: What Does Hot Cocoa Have to Do With Chemistry?

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Hot cocoa is easy to make with only two ingredients, so what does it have to do with chemistry? The lesson begins with what seems like an obvious question. Then scholars perform simulations to focus on phase changes. Lastly, they complete a hands-on experiment, allowing a direct application of the simulation knowledge. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer hot cocoa to all pupils as they walk in; check for allergies beforehand
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety precautions when using a hot plate
  • Lesson works best in winter or when it is cold outside
  • Final lesson of a four-part series
Pros

  • Provides room to answer all questions, including graph paper
  • Includes an extension idea
  • Offers an agenda for each day with the amount of time spent on every activity
Cons

  • None