5-PS1-2 Phase Change Lab Stations Activity

5-PS1-2 Phase Change Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory partially satisfies NGSS 5-PS1-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Phase Change Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe what happens to a substance's state of matter during a phase change.
2. Compare and contrast how a substance’s state of matter changes when thermal energy is added or removed.
3. Apply the Law of Conservation of Mass to phase change.
4. Manipulate water’s freezing point for practical use.

Science Skills Station
Students will observe phase change of water. They will measure the temperature of the water as it undergoes melting and evaporation. They graph the temperature change of the water over time and determine water’s melting and boiling point.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about the four major types of phase change. Students will analyze a student’s investigation in order to understand what happens to the mass of a substance as it undergoes a phase change.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to phase change. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will model how adding salt to water lowers the freezing point of water. They will design the optimal mixture of salt and water, which considers how well the salt lowers freezing point as well as the cost of salt. Students will be constrained in the time and resources available while designing the solution.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Scales
2 Thermometers
2 Graduated cylinder
1 Stopwatch
2 Beakers (Heat resistant)
Hot Plate
Gloves and tongs (to handle hot glassware)

Note: Students will handle HOT water and glassware at the science skills station. If your students are not able to complete this activity on their own, perform this station as a ”class activity.” You (the teacher) should perform the steps of the activity while the class observes. Students should record the data while you carry out the activity.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
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Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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