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What's Cooking?

Lesson Description:
Students in small groups conduct an investigation into the similarities and differences between solar tea and tea brewed by boiling water. Students will compare their two samples on four criteria—color, clarity, smell and taste—rate which they prefer, and graph the results of the experiment as a class.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction

Time Needed:
15 minutes for discussion and preparation; 1-3 hours to brew solar tea; one half hour to taste test and discuss.
Standards Addressed:
  • National standards: k-4
    • pri-a: 1.b. plan and conduct a simple investigation.
    • pri-a: 1.c. employ simple equipment and tools to gather d

Materials Needed:
  • large jars, approximately one liter each (two per group)
  • tea bags (two per group)
  • water
  • pan
  • stove or method to boil water

School or Group:
Energy Education and Workforce Development
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf solar_whatscooking.pdf
Located in: Science

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