Science 8: Small Things Matter
Question: As a consumer, what product do you use on a regular basis that you would want to investigate scientifically?
Processed foods (chocolate, ice-cream, packaged bread, pizza): Palm Oil
Cosmetics (Lipstick, soap, shampoo): Palm Oil, Lead
Sports equipment: leather, rubber
Kitchen utensils, hair straightener, dental floss, waterproof mascara, waterproof clothing: Teflon
Steps to locate credible sources:
1. Check a Reference Source (general or subject specific encyclopedia)
2. Corroborate (double-check) the Reference Source (use another encyclopedia)
3. Use clues from the first articles to build your knowledge and expand on the types of sources you can use. Tip: conduct site specific searches. Try at least one of the following:
Reflection: Why do little things make a big difference?
Small Things Matter Research Plan.docx
A. Look at this image by Chris Jordan and answer the question "Why do small things matter?" You can view Chris Jordan's work on his site: http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#building-blocks.
Practice Reading For a Purpose with the Titianium article from World Book. Then, use the Small Things Matter Research Handout to investigate the properties of your ingredient, following the 3 steps to locate credible sources (Encyclopedia / Corroboration / Site Specific Searches) and to find a research article that informs your scientific investigation of your product. Detailed instructions are provided on the document.
C. Follow the instructions on the document to locate a research article that informs your scientific investigation of your product.
Complete your reading by following the direction in the following document:
Science in the News Final.doc
Write a three paragraph essay that explains a social (health), economic, or environmental issue connected with the ingredient you have researched and makes connections between the issue and science.
See a sample essay on Cacao Beans.
Essay Criteria Handout
Please fill in a brief survey that describes your thoughts about the unit: