Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994)

Concept featured in clip: Physical Changes
Location of clip: (DVD)

Summary of clip: Squanto is living with an order of brothers in England after he was taken from The New World. Some brothers had gone to town and brought back a strange food that they thought was a seed that grew into a tree. Squanto knew of the food and cooked it over a fire to show the brothers. They all were worried at first but once they ate it, it was delicious and had their eyes opened to new possibilities.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: when corn is heated, the moisture in the kernel expands and eventually escapes by “popping” the kernel to create popcorn, which is a physical change.
Suggestions to teachers:

i. Suggested questions for students to when viewing the clip:
1. What was the food the brothers had brought back from the market?
2. Why might they not have known what the food was?
3. Why was Squanto laughing at the brother’s idea of what the food was?
4. What did Squanto make with the food the brothers brought back?
5. What were the reactions of the brothers when 1) Squanto lifted the lid, and 2) once they ate the food?
ii. Suggested activity for students:
1. The students could perform a short lab/ activity that showcases other physical and chemical reactions to help cement the ideas and terms.