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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
• Download the FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Setup Guide for best practices, signage and editable grading rubrics
• Download a FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Activity to learn more about my SNAPs labs
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
Physical Properties of Matter Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare chemical and physical properties of matter.
2. Categorize quantitative and qualitative properties of matter.
3. Describe the physical properties of a substance.
4. Identify an unknown substance based on its physical properties.
Science Skills Station
Students will study and categorize quantitative and qualitative physical properties of matter. They will also describe physical properties of a solid and liquid substance. Students will make measurements such as mass and volume. They will make qualitative observations of the substances as well.
At this station, students will read an informational text about chemical and physical properties of matter and how they are important to identifying and describing substances. Students will also read about quantitative and qualitative (physical) properties of matter and the tools that help us determine these properties.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to physical properties of matter. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
At this station, students will identify three unknown substances. Students will make measurements and observations so to help them identify the properties of the substance. From this information, students will determine the material the substances are made of.
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.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 5-PS1-3. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
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:
1 Graduated Cylinder
2 Magnifying Glasses
Stainless steel nail or screw
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
White vinegar (acetic acid)
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