I teach a class once a week at a homeschool co-op I belong to. This session I did a thematic unit on chocolate, which if you know anything about me at all, is right up my alley. Yes, I CAN make chocolate educational. Truly, it was just an excuse for me to eat chocolate every week but if I can actually educate the kids too.....well, it's all gooooood.
So I've covered Language Arts (chocolate poems), Math (graphing and multiplication with M&M's) History (origins of chocolate), and Health (nutritional info on each wrapper) but I have yet to cover Science.
Today we will be doing a scientific experiment to learn about the state of matter and the chemical reaction between salt and ice. All in an educational ploy to have an excuse to make homemade ice cream in my class.
The kids and I tested it out at home first to make sure it would work and it was yummy and easy. So if you have an urge for ice cream or need a fun treat for your kids, here's the recipe.
Homemade Freezer Bag Ice Cream
1 cup milk (chocolate milk works too)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups crushed ice
3 tablespoons regular salt
1 gallon size freezer bag
1 sandwich size freezer bag
Pour one cup of milk and the sugar in the sandwich bag, squeeze out as much air as you can and seal tightly.
Put the smaller bag inside the larger bag and pour the ice and salt all around and then seal tightly.
Shake bag vigorously for 4 - 6 minutes (fun for the kids to take turns and we used a towel when our hands got too cold)
Carefully open the bags and eat.
Can't wait to see what you have to share this week.
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