Cheese Please

The necessity for food preservation was just the beginning for this dairy staple.

Grades covered: 4 through 8
Curriculum Topics: Mixtures, Biochemistry, Properties


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. [ Examples: adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, & evaporating salt water.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions|||Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions |||Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. [Examples:burrning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, mixing zinc with HCl.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions |||Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, & state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions

California Standards (Click to View)

3.b. Compounds are formed by combining two or more different elements. Compounds have properties that are different from the constituent elements.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||3. Structure of Matter||3. Elements have distinct properties and atomic structure. All matter is comprised of one or more of over 100 elements.|||5.d. Physical processes include freezing and boiling, in which a material changes form with no chemical reaction.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||5. Reactions||5. Chemical reactions are processes in which atoms are rearranged into different combinations of molecules.|||6.c. Living organisms have many different kinds of molecules including small ones such as water and salt, and very large ones such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and DNA.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||6. Chemistry of Living Systems||6. Principles of chemistry underlie the functioning of biological systems.

Categories include:
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Matter, Chemical Reactions
Subjects covered: Social Studies