Iron for Breakfast

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Did you know that some breakfast cereals are fortified with ferric phosphate, while others contain tiny pieces of reduced iron? In this activity, learners will extract reduced iron from foods and examine what makes iron beneficial to our diets. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Non-metal cup or bowl
  • Ring magnet
  • Pencil
  • 2 Plastic sandwich bags
  • 1 packet of Instant Unflavored Oatmeal or Grits (check ingredient panel to make sure that it contains reduced iron)
  • * White paper
  • Rubber band
  • Roll of cellophane tape


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electromagnetic Fields
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience