Understanding Viscosity through Investigation and Comparison of Fluids

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Not all liquids are the same. Investigate the viscosity of different fluids with a series of activities designed for eighth grade science. As learners move through learning centers with different experiment setups, they determine the different densities and uses of each liquid before viewing a teacher demonstration.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Laminate the cards for future use, or print on cardstock
  • Project a spectrum onto the whiteboard for learners to attach their cards or write answers with dry-erase markers
Classroom Considerations

  • Necessary materials include liquids of varying viscosity 
  • Lesson is formatted into a two-day schedule; modify the schedule based on the length of your class
Pros

  • Includes a variety of teaching approaches, including jigsaw discussions, learning centers, think-pair-share, group collaboration, and a hands-on demonstration
  • Provides all auxiliary materials necessary for the lesson
  • Organized into Marzano's Categories of Instructional Strategies
Cons

  • None