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The Cycle of Matter

An educational activity focuses on the idea of conservation of matter through a demonstration of the water cycle, a discussion of digesting food, and the path of carbon and oxygen atoms as they change form. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the timeline of the earth recycling paper in a landfill versus people recycling paper in a recycling factory
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge from the previous lessons in the series
  • While the lesson requires three days, the third day's portion only lasts about 15 minutes
  • Lesson is the sixth in a seven-part series
Pros

  • Includes ideas for accommodation and extension of the lesson
  • Provides discussion questions and ideal answers
  • Highlights common misconceptions so the teacher can address them as they arise
Cons

  • None
Common Core

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