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Cloudy with a Chance of Molecules Workbook

Cloudy with a
Chance of Molecules
Term 1 Topic 2 2021
Syllabus Statements
Values and Attitudes
> appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world
around them SC5-1VA
> shows a willingness to engage in finding solutions to science-related personal, social and global issues, including shaping
sustainable futures SC5-2VA
> demonstrates confidence in making reasoned, evidence-based decisions about the current and future use and influence of
science and technology, including ethical considerations SC5-3VA
> identifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge
> collaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems SC4-5WS
> follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually SC4-6WS
> processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and
relationships, and draw conclusions SC4-7WS
> selects and uses appropriate strategies, understanding and skills to produce creative and plausible solutions to identified
problems SC4-8WS
> presents science ideas, findings and information to a given audience using appropriate scientific language, text types and
representations SC4-9WS
Knowledge and Understanding
recall that all matter is composed of atoms and has mass
identify a range of compounds using their common names and chemical formulae
identify some examples of important chemical reactions that occur in living systems and involve energy transfer,
including respiration and reactions involving acids such as occur during digestion
construct word equations from observations and written descriptions of a range of chemical reactions
deduce that new substances are formed during chemical reactions by rearranging atoms rather than creating or
destroying them
What do you think?
Open the slide deck and look at slide 2.
Could you keep cutting something forever?
Scientists believe you would have to s_____, not because the scissors are too small, but
because at some point you will come to a piece that cannot be c____ . We call this tiny
piece Atoms.
Matter is what takes up __________
All matter is made of ____________
All atoms have m__________.
Define the following terms:
Here is a table of some common compounds. What elements are in each compound?
Circle each element. (Hint: each element is either a capital letter or a capital and
lowercase letter together.) Choose 3 of these elements, and find them on the periodic
Watch the clip from Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs.
In the movie, Flint Lockwood makes a machine that converts w__________ into f______.
The movie explains it like this:
Flint’s machine turns water vapour from clouds into food through a molecular phase
change. The machine uses the principle of hydrogenetic mutation. Water molecules are
bombarded with microwave radiation, which mutates their genetic recipe into any kind
of food you want.
This sounds scientific, but a lot of it is made up. Let’s see if we can correct it.
Compare the Fiction with the Science
In the real world, water and air are turned into food by plants using energy from the
s_____ in a process called p________________.
Food is mostly made up of the elements H____________, C_____________ and O__________
These are from w_________ which is H2O, and c__________ d_______________ which is CO2
It also uses some elements from the soil . Find 6 major elements and six minor
elements from this website.
6 Major elements: ___________________________________________________________________
6 Minor elements: ___________________________________________________________________
Which of these elements can be found in air?
Could Flint’s machine make bacon and eggs in the clouds? How? Or why not?
Making Sugar
Have a close look at the equation for making sugar:
6CO2 + 6H2O + Energy -> C6H12O6 + 6O2
Circle all the elements (hint, each element in a chemical formula is either a capital or a
capital and lowercase letter next to each other.)
Using a periodic table, name these elements:
H =_____________________
O = _____________________
C = _____________________
Write down the molecular formula for each of the following molecules that appear in the
equation above:
Carbon dioxide:
The arrow in the equation shows what products are formed when the molecules to the
left of it react together.
What do you notice about the number of each type of atom on the left side and right
side of the arrow?
From this, what can you say about the atoms in the molecules that are formed in the
chemical reaction?
Research the following and take notes:
Photosynthesis Biochemical reactions, Catabolic reactions, Anabolic reactions ATP
On the next page is a diagram of how energy from the sun helps plants grow, and
animals get energy from digesting food. From what you’ve learned, explain each part of
the diagram.
Food can be roughly divided into three groups: carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Write down one chemical formulae for each of these.
What elements are present?
Flint Lockwood makes bacon and eggs with orange juice in the clip we watched from
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
For each of the foods Flint mentions, find the percentage of carbohydrates, proteins and
fats in them.
Watch the video on the slide deck on Digestion.
Get Creative
From what you’ve learned about molecules and how food is made, which parts of Flint’s
explanation could work, and what couldn’t?
Write a parody of the scene from Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs embedded in slide
6 of the slide deck. In a parody, the characters and place are the same or very similar,
but you can change parts of the story, or add characters etc.
Your parody must include a scientific explanation of how water can be turned into food
by a machine in the air.