To Measure its Mass or Volume?

This To Measure its Mass or Volume? unit also includes:

Atoms, elements, and molecules, oh my! Teaching the fundamentals of chemistry to curious sixth graders has never been easier to accomplish. Here is a resource that pulls together everything needed to get them off to a good start, including a lab designed to illustrate why crushed ice melts faster in a drink than solid ice cubes. In three weeks' time, learners will no longer trust atoms because they make up everything!

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use electron microscope images to both captivate class members and illustrate the atomic properties of elements by comparing the image of a metal to that of a nonmetal 
  • Use this collection of materials to build a strong foundation in essential chemistry principles and lab report writing; allow student groups to peer review each other's lab reports for additional opportunities for class discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure to plan time in the computer lab to complete the states of matter visual representation
  • Prepare all required lab materials prior to scheduled lab dates; note that mini marshmallows for modeling are a better option than regular sized
Pros

  • Gets the class hooked quickly with the hands-on opening activity designed to get them thinking about matter on a smaller scale
  • Great lab report, as well as other printables, included in the plan
  • Learners can choose how they show what they know in the presentation when choosing from four different visual representation formats 
Cons

  • None