Quick summary: In this activity students conduct an experiment to see how different substances found in the kitchen can help to preserve food.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.
Year 2 Science
- Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)
Year 4 Science
- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-12MW, ST2-13MW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes to set up experiment, 10 – 15 minutes observation after one week.
Resources required: 1 apple sliced into 6 equally sized pieces, 6 small jars, each large enough to hold a slice of apple, permanent marker, several paper plates, tongs or fork, enough of the following substances to fill one jar each: salt, sugar, antibacterial hand soap, vinegar, water.
Safety advice: Ensure students handle rotting food carefully. Dispose of food waste in the bin when activity is complete. Depending on student age and ability this activity may be either a student-led experiment or a teacher-led demonstration.
Keywords: Food, waste, rotting, preservatives.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.