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*A Note: This lesson has been recently updated in February 2024.


Objective: Explore how baking soda produces gas and the importance of ratios in ingredients when looking at leavening through multiple labs, including a buttermilk pancake lab.


Grades: 9-11


Timeline: 3-7 class periods


This Lesson Includes:

  • Teacher Lesson Plan with...
    • Essential Questions, Objectives, NGSS standards
    • Lab Prep Information (Materials, Ingredients, Amazon Lists when appropriate, Tips & Tricks)
    • Day-by-Day Lesson Plan
    • Infographic that explains concepts in detail and provides helpful visuals.
  • Classroom Slides with directions for lesson flow, turn and talk prompts, illustrations and graphics, embedded videos, and whole group reflection questions
  • Student Handouts with step-by-step lab directions and other activities
  • Videos (instructional lab videos + other videos)


All materials are included in a Google Drive folder.

Baking Soda and Pancakes (High School)

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