Lesson Plans

All our lesson plans are free, have been peer-reviewed by experts in the field, and have been revised based on testing with multiple groups of students before publishing. Adapted to the Next-Generation Science Standards, they can be used for after-school programs, at home, during classroom lessons, and in a range of other settings.

See a sample lesson (salad dressings) HERE. You can click the lessons below to view the description of the lessons (similar to an abstract). If you want access to the full lessons, please fill out the form HERE to request them. You will receive an initial set of 6 lessons. If you want to use the full curriculum, you can email us after you have used the lesson(s), share your feedback, and we will provide access to the full curriculum. Read more about the process on our request page.

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The Right Spice: Exploring Olfaction through Spice Combinations
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Do Curds Just Want to be Cheese? No WHEY! Exploring Enzymes through Homemade Burrata Cheese
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The Rise of Steamed Buns: Exploring Cellular Respiration through Steamed Buns
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Yes we “Can: Exploring Microbes in Food Preservation
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Sensation and Perception

Discovering Umami: Exploring the Sense of Taste
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Caramelizing Catalysts: Exploring Catalysts through Caramelized Onions
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Nitrogen Fixation

Hummus and Humus: Humus, Legumes, and Nitrogen Fixation
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The Knead-to-Know Dough: Exploring Gluten Formation in Pie Crusts
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Molecular Properties of Polymers

Risotto: Exploring the Science Behind Starches




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Physical Changes

Popping the Question: Exploring the Science Behind the Corniest Phase Change
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MISCIBILITY and Emulsions

Magical Mixology: The Science Behind Mixing Oil and Water
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Marinating Madness: Exploring Diffusion with Marinated Tofu
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Protein Denaturation

What’s the Deal with Eggs?: Demystifying Heating and Whisking Eggs
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Drinkable Density: Exploring Density through a Homemade Fruit Beverage
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Phase Changes

Without Ice Cream, There Would be Chaos: Exploring Phase Changes with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
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Crystal Formation

Hot Tempered: Exploring Transitions in Chocolate
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Acids & Bases


Not your Basic Pickle: Exploring pH while making Pickles
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Molecular Solubility

EXTRACTING HOTNESS: Exploring solubility through chili peppers and shrimp cocktail
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Foams and Aeration

Puffy Pancakes: The Science of Foams
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Soupy Starches: Exploring the Science Behind the Thickening of Soup
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Oxidation and Reduction

Oxidizing Potatoes: Exploring Food Waste and the Science behind Browning
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Polymer Crosslink

CORNY MOLECULES: Exploring polymer crosslinking through corn tortillas
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Heat Diffusion

I Lava Science: Exploring Heat Diffusion through Molten Chocolate Cake
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The Maillard Reaction (Chemical catalysis, pH)

Pretzels: Not Your Basic Browned Bread





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Experimental Design

The Quest for the Perfect Cookie: Practicing the Scientific Method through Baking

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