While we had the cranberries out this week, I figured we might as well mix some science in with the baking.
First, we did a traditional sink, or float experiment, with a cranberry sized ball of play dough, and a cranberry.
They were pretty sure, from their pumpkin experience, that the berries float, because they are full of air. We cut one open, just to confirm their hypothesis.
Then, I placed the berries into a cake pan "bog"...
... so they could flood the field...
...and practice wet harvesting.
For follow up, we watched Dirty Jobs "Cranberry Farmer" (season 3, episode 11) on Netflix, visiting a cranberry farm in Bandon, OR, and following the craberries from the field through processing, and right into the jam jar.
We also found a fun British flick, on cranberry harvesting, and processing, on YouTube.
For more fun with science, be sure to check out this week's Science Sunday link-up, at adventures in Mommydom.
It's great to be a homeschooler.