⁣Lesson Plan: The Colorful Creation: Exploring How Rainbow Cake Sprinkles Are Made

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⁣Lesson Plan: The Colorful Creation: Exploring How Rainbow Cake Sprinkles Are Made

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject: Science, Art

Duration: 45 minutes

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the process of making rainbow cake sprinkles
- Explore the science behind creating colorful and vibrant sprinkles
- Develop creativity and artistic skills through a hands-on activity

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.4.3: Describe the relationship between a series of scientific ideas
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly

- Images or videos showcasing the process of making rainbow cake sprinkles (accessible online or prepared in advance)
- White sugar (granulated or powdered)
- Food coloring (various colors)
- Small mixing bowls or cups
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- Writing materials (paper and writing utensils)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Engage students by asking them about their favorite types of cake decorations.
- Show images or videos of the process of making rainbow cake sprinkles, highlighting the colorful and vibrant nature of the sprinkles.

2. Science Behind Rainbow Colors (10 minutes):
- Discuss the science behind colors and how they are created by different wavelengths of light.
- Introduce the concept of food coloring and its ability to add vibrant colors to various foods.

3. Making Rainbow Sprinkles (15 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups or pairs.
- Provide each group with small mixing bowls or cups and white sugar.
- Instruct students to add a few drops of different food coloring to separate portions of sugar and mix well until the desired color is achieved.
- Demonstrate how to spread the colored sugar mixtures onto wax paper or parchment paper to dry.

4. Hands-on Activity: Creating Rainbow Sprinkles (10 minutes):
- Allow students to experiment with mixing and creating their own colorful sugar sprinkles.
- Encourage creativity and exploration of different color combinations.

5. Writing Activity: Explaining the Process (10 minutes):
- Ask students to write a short paragraph explaining the process of making rainbow cake sprinkles.
- Prompt them to include details about the materials used, the steps involved, and the science behind creating vibrant colors.

6. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Summarize the key points discussed throughout the lesson.
- Encourage students to appreciate the creativity and science behind everyday objects like rainbow cake sprinkles.

- Active participation in the hands-on activity
- Quality of written paragraph explaining the process of making rainbow cake sprinkles

Rainbow cake sprinkles have been around since the late 18th century, when French candy chefs used them as decorations. Today, liquid food coloring, shortening, and sugar are mixed in hot water to form the sprinkle's colorful dough. Long strands of the dough are broken into the tiny shapes we see on cakes, doughnuts, cookies, and ice cream. Watch full episodes of the Science Channel series "How It's Made" on the Science GO app or at: http://insder.co/HowItsMadeFOOD INSIDER believes life should be a delicious adventure. Subscribe to our channel: http://insder.co/Food and visit us at: https://thisisinsider.comFOOD INSIDER on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodinsiderFOOD INSIDER on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisinsiderfood/FOOD INSIDER on Twitter: https://twitter.com/insiderfoodINSIDER on Snapchat: https://insder.co/2KJLtVo Produced by: Kyle Desiderio, Laura Bilash

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