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What's the Matter with My Jell-O?
Lesson Plan

Summary: Students work in teams of four as they conduct four controlled Jell-O experiments over a two-day period. Styrofoam, sugar, salt, and room temperature treatments are compared to control Jell-O to investigate the effect of these treatments on the phase change of Jell-O from liquid to solid (freezing point). The Take It Further section explores the environmental pros and cons of using salt (one of the Jell-O treatments) to improve roadway safety. The Family Page extends this learning to the community by providing families with challenges to explore at home.

Day 1: Introduction and Jell-O Testing (120 min.)


Get Set...

Whole Class Introduction


Team Jell-O Making

Preparing the Control and Treatment Cups

Making a Hypothesis

Individual Jell-O Testing

Day 2: Jell-O Testing, Eating, and Class Discussion (45 min.)

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