NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM
Science and fun come together when National Greasy Food Day enters the week on October 25. While celebrating foods such as French fries and potato chips should just be an occasional matter, we can take the opportunity to learn a little more about these foods.
To complete this experiment in your classroom, you will need squares of brown paper and a variety of foods in small pieces. Include foods that have a high grease content to those that have none at all.
Here we have included six different kinds. Alternatively, you can use this image to create a matching quiz.
- Apple slices
- French fries
- Different kinds of potato chips
- Baked Donut
- Fried Donut
- Cheese puffs
- Trail mix
- Set the project up in an area where it will be left undisturbed for the duration of the project.
- Have each student label each square of paper with the name of the food item that will be placed on it.
- Have the students place one food item per square of brown paper.
- Cover and leave the food to set for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove food and have students note the different sizes of grease spots.
- Did different types of foods leave more or less grease on the paper? Why?
- Why types of food left the most grease? The least?
- How do greasy foods affect our health?
- Will you eat more of the foods with the smaller grease spots now? Why?
- Why type of fats do you think are better for you?
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