The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 8

Notes and Lesson Plans

Organic Chemistry: Food & Nutrition
updated December 10, 2017


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If you already own Eric Fairman's grade 8 Path of Discovery book, you can find his notes for this block on pp. 28-66. If you prefer to buy his notes for this block on their own, he did publish them as a separate volume. It is called Food, Nutrition, and Health. As of 04/24/2017, both are available from WaldorfBooks.com, with the Grade 8 book listed at $21.00 and the Nutrition block book listed at $18.00. I have the Nutrition book and was originally planning on using it as my primary text.

However, David Mitchell wrote a book called The Wonders of Waldorf Chemistry: Notes from a Teacher's Notebook for grades 7-9, which I purchased and will be reading as I plan this block.


I've recently discovered that the David Mitchell book is available for free at the Online Waldorf Library, which makes it a compelling choice! The section for eighth grade is pages 108 - 156.

I have also heard the set of Chemistry books by Mikko Bojarsky are excellent; however, I have not yet had a chance to purchase and review them. His book for this block, A Demonstration Manual for Use in the Waldorf School Eighth Grade Chemistry Main Lesson, is $30.00.



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Trying to choose between them?

Eric Fairman organizes his topics as follows:

    Milk

    Honey

    The Plant Kingdom

    Photosynthesis

    Carbodydrates:

      Sugar (experiments 1 - 8)
      Starch (experiments 9 - 14)
      Cellulose (experiments 15 - 16)

    Protein (experiments 17 - 19)

    Fats and Oils (experiments 20 - 23)

    Mineral Salts (he gives the value of each and some foods which contain them)

      Calcium Ca - alkaline
      Iron Fe - alkaline
      Phosphorus P - acid
      Iodine I - acid
      Fluorine F - acid
      Chlorine Cl - acid
      Magnesium Mg - alkaline
      Sodium Na - alkaline

    Vitamins (he gives the value of each and some foods which contain them)

      Fat soluble: A, D, E, K
      Water soluble: B Complex, C

    Water (this section has the most revised/expanded content in the version sold separately)

    Herbs (medicinal uses)

    Drugs and Addictions

    Main Lesson Test (a complete test which you can photocopy and give to your students)


David Mitchell organizes his topics as follows:

    First, he has quite a few introductory sections. These are Preface, Developing Scientific Thinking, Creating Wonder in Chemistry, Teacher's Guidelines, The Process of Learning, Teacher's Scheme, Tasks for the Teacher, Enthusiasm, How to Read Science, Laboratory Equipment, Safety, Disposal of Chemicals, Prologue to the Chemistry Main Lesson

    Eighth Grade Chemistry

      Sample Block Outline

      Themes in the Eighth Grade

      Three Branches of Chemistry

      Water

      Crystals

      Poem by Goethe

      Chemicals in a 100-Pound Student

      The Metals

      Preparation of a Metal from Ore

      The Blast Furnace and Industrial Chemistry

      Metals in the Earth's Crust

      Photosynthesis

      Class Reading - Rutherford Platt

      The History of Sugar

      Test for Sugar

      Starch

      Test for Starch

      Cellulose

      Alcohol

      Carbon Dioxide Generator

      The Production of Hydrogen

      Proteins

      Oils and Fats

      Spelling and Vocabulary

    He also concludes his book with Biographies of Selected Scientists, and Chemicals and Supplies.

    The Spelling and Vocabulary lists are for a three week block and are divided up as follows:

    Week #1
    meniscus, condensed, evaporated, pollution, metallurgy, mineral, malleable, ductile, noble metal, bronze, meander, surface tension, chemical compound, electrical, biochemistry

    Week #2
    fermentation, alcohol, ethanol, methanol, crucible, dissolve, precipitate, denatured alcohol, carbohydrate, cellulose, Fehling solution, starch, sugar, glucose, fructose

    Week #3
    protein, nitrogen, nutrition, photosynthesis, synthetic, legumes, protoplasm, fertilizer, aromatic oil, crystallization, chlorophyll, pigments, distillation, albumin, esters


Ultimately, as a homeschooler, Eric Fairman's experiments seem more doable (although next year I clearly need to invest in a good quality Chemistry kit) and so I am going to continue with my initial decision to use him as the main text. I also don't want to spend as much time on the metals as David Mitchell does. He states that this is important to address, if you didn't get to it in 7th grade. This is probably true, but I want us to spend most of our time focusing on Nutrition.


Poem

"Rain" by Spike Milligan, from Here's a Little Poem
initial connections to this block are: sense of wonder, enthusiasm, childlike exploration, coming up with theories -- AND -- ultimately, a sense of scarcity, the realization that we don't control our food supply and we are completely dependent on the plants and animals and weather of our earth


List of Stories

Story #1 - Milk

    special guest - doula?

    Day 1 (introduce):
    use See / Think / Wonder routine & graphic organizer throughout the block

    use safety glasses for science experiments throughout the block

    Turn Milk into Plastic science experiment
    something to kick off the main lesson block with a bang!
    P.S. it's because of the protein... which kids will realize later in the block


    Day 2 (review from yesterday, extend, summarize, add to MLB):
    my plan is to start the discussion by reading them Cow by Jules Older -- and they'll be thinking that I'm going to tell them cow milk is a healthy food -- and then turn the conversation around and say, cow milk is the perfect food for BABY COWS, but we are not baby cows and it's actually not all that good for us

    "Breastfeeding Benefits" from WomensHealth.gov

    breastmilk is best!
    to show just how different humans and cows are, we did a MLB page with the four stomachs of a ruminant, from page 9 of Horns and Antlers by Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson


Story #2 - Honey


Story #3 - The Plant Kingdom


Story #4 - Photosynthesis


Story #5 - Sugar

    sample chalkboard drawing for Sugar

    Day 1 (introduce):
    Think Before You Drink display
    set out an assortment of packaged drinks including "healthy" and "unhealthy" options, and ask students to arrange them from most sugar to least sugar without reading the nutrition labels... then read the labels and rearrange as needed... then create a display with stacks of sugar cubes (one Domino's sugar cube dot = 2.5 g)

    read The History of Sugar on page 141 - 143 of David Mitchell's book

    Sugar Detectives activity (print pages 2 and 4)
    for this you will need an assortment of cereal boxes
    I had students write as a fraction (B over A) before converting to a percent

    Day 2 (review from yesterday, extend, summarize, add to MLB):
    taste raw sugar vs. processed granulated sugar

    experiment #2 from Eric Fairman (Combustion of Refined Sugar)

    make candy!
    (watch sugar go through all of the stages; The Cold Water Candy Test)


Story #6 - Starch

    make your own liquid laundry starch
    just cornstarch, water, and essential oils (optional)

    Hanging Yarn Balls craft project

    Day 1 (introduce):
    Test for Starch experiments on p.147 (uses an eyedropper and iodine, which is POISONOUS so please use CAUTION) and starch story on p.145 of David Mitchell's book

    he suggests using turnip, corn, carrot, potato
    you also need salt-free crackers (we couldn't find any so we used Triscuit Hint of Salt)

    FREE Mr Yuk Stickers from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

    Day 2 (review from yesterday, extend, summarize, add to MLB):
    read "white bread / wheat bread" portion of Fairman story for Starch

    experiment #10 a + b from Eric Fairman (Identifying the Qualities of Starch)

    experiment #11 from Eric Fairman (Boiling of Starch)

    experiment #14 from Eric Fairman (Starch into Sugar with Saliva)
    look up chemical formula for starch: C6 H10 O5


    wooden test tube rack


    Pyrex test tubes


    test tube clamp

    glass bottles with eyedropper dispenser (amber or cobalt blue)

    Day 3 (baking):
    read All in Just One Cookie by Susan Goodman... and bake chocolate chip cookies!


Story #7 - Cellulose


Story #8 - Protein (Albumen)


Story #9 - Fats and Oils


Story #10 - Mineral Salts

    Calcium Ca - alkaline
    Iron Fe - alkaline
    Phosphorus P - acid
    Iodine I - acid
    Fluorine F - acid
    Chlorine Cl - acid
    Magnesium Mg - alkaline
    Sodium Na - alkaline


Story #11 - Vitamins

    Fat soluble: A, D, E, K
    Water soluble: B Complex, C


Story #12 - Water


We do not need to include Medicinal Herbs in this block because the children in our homeschool co-op have a Medicinal Herbs class every week with the master herbalist at Dayempur Farm.

I am also not going to include Drugs & Addictions in this block. We are using it as the culmination of our school year and that's not exactly the note I want to end on! If you're interested, David Mitchell does have a discussion of Smoking on pages 95-96 of his book and Alcohol on page 150.


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