Types of Milk – Lesson Plans
Goal: To widen our experience with milk that humans drinks, to understand where milk comes from, to understand what types of milk are drank in other parts of the world, to understand which animals produce milk, and to understand what products are made from milk.
Books used: Library books on farm life and mammals, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, and Googled articles.
Projects made: Created a poster to record the information we were finding, taste tested a variety of milk (11 in total!) and attempted to make plastic, which is one of the things we learned milk could be used for. It failed because I used an electric mixer rather than just stirring – oops! We were using these instructions for making plastic out of milk.
Field Trips: We went to a local grocery store and photographed all the different types of milk that we could find.
Conclusion: The boys thoroughly enjoyed this and definitely came away from this with a practical understanding of milk that runs much deeper than “Milk comes from cows.” Of all the milks tested the only one they did not enjoy was the (plain, unsweetened) Keifer.
I recorded the boys reactions to the 11 different types of milk that they tested and thought I would share the movie – I love that Strawberry milk was described as “pink”!