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Preparing For Our First Experiment

This week has been mostly about math and reading in our journey into homeschooling, with history of Pilgrims and Indians so I figured we would step away from that and work on a science experiment. What does a picture of a turkey have to do with science? Well, I found an article on that involves the bones of chickens/turkeys and it sounds so fun that I am cleaning the bones as I write this!

Yep, the bones are in a pan being boiled to loosen any meat that is left on them. Once I remove all the meat I will let the bones dry out then we will get out our notebooks and start taking notes on what the bones look like and how hard they are. We have already discussed the fact that bones are hard in general and the reason is due to calcium, though being able to examine them ourselves will take the thought process a bit farther.

Then we will proceed with the rest of the experiment from the website and learn how bones react to acid (vinegar) then how the bones react to carbon dioxide in the air afterwards. We will also use "compare and contrast" from our notes to reinforce the results of the experiment and see what kind of ideas we come up with for more learning.

If you want to check out the article it can be found here Don't Toss Those Turkey Bones

Image Credit » kcmaice

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Ruby3881 wrote on November 30, 2014, 3:18 AM

We never did this one, but we did do the red cabbage one that was linked at the bottom of the page! And volcanoes, and I think we also cleaned pennies in cola. There are a lot of really easy experiments you can do easily at home. Great for introducing kids to the scientific method!

Feisty56 wrote on December 3, 2014, 6:27 PM

Sounds like a simple and fun way to begin experimenting. When you think about it, cooking is actually science, too.

scheng1 wrote on December 7, 2014, 9:53 AM

If you use lye, you can melt the bones to liquid. Lye is strong enough to melt fats and tissues.

cinnafire wrote on December 8, 2014, 10:20 PM

Not a bad idea to test things out. Would also help to realize personal health effects.

Of course you could also make turkey stock :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 22, 2014, 9:07 PM

What a cool way to recycle garbage into education!

marialy18 wrote on December 24, 2014, 11:14 AM

This is sound like enjoyable to do. We grow turkey o our farm

k2705 wrote on January 3, 2015, 4:19 PM

Sounds interesting and fun, not tried this before.