Instructional Video

What's the Difference Between Baking Powder and Baking Soda?

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During World War II, there was a shortage of cream of tartar and other baking products, so baking soda was introduced as an alternative. A fascinating video explores how people used to make breads and some takes a look at some of its ingredients. It goes on to explain what baking soda is chemically, and what it does inside breads and cakes. The narrator then discusses the difference between baking soda and baking powder.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Video best fits in a unit on chemistry or the chemistry of baking
Classroom Considerations
  • Due to the speed at which the narrator speaks, turning on closed captioning allows all learners to follow along
  • Video is appropriate for middle and high schoolers
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Turning on auto-translate in the settings allows learners to view the video, via closed captioning, in many different languages
  • Pop-up windows are links to other related videos
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