January 9, 2001


Learning Links: Scat -- Facilitator Page

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Concept: Use "Discovery Cookies" to show ways scientists can dissect various materials (including scat) to find what is in them. This may tell them such things as what an animal eats or how various parts of an organism work together.

Goals (Measurable): Learner will be able to identify four ingredients of cookies. They will be able to suggest three types of food that might be identified in an animal's scat.

Objectives (Not measurable): Learner will enjoy the process dissecting a cookie to determine some of the key ingredients. They will be able to understand that there are many things, other than cookies, that can be dissected in order to have some of their parts identified.

Materials/Supplies needed




Discovery Cookies


ADDITIONS (choose which ones you want to add. Amounts are suggestions to create variety, but you can choose how much to use to suit your purposes):


Sift flour, soda, and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream butter, and beat sugars into it. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each one. Blend in flour mixture. Add hot water, oatmeal, and vanilla. Add your choice of "additions".

Drop by dollops on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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