Chemical Kitchen Storyline Bundle - Matter, Atoms, Molecules, & Thermal Energy

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    Chemical Kitchen - Storyline Starter Educator Guide


    In Chemical Kitchen storyline framework, students investigate matter through the lens of baking cookies. The anchor experience is designed to spark questions related to the basics of matter (properties, atoms, and molecules, mixtures) and open the door to topics like changes in matter, chemical reactions, thermal energy, and energy transfer.

    This Curiosity Spark (Storyline Starter) is designed to tie to:

    *Chemical Kitchen unit material may not fully assess every standard listed below. Please read the complete description below to understand what you are purchasing or watch this video overview:

    5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. [Clarification Statement: Examples of materials to be identified could include baking soda and other powders, metals, minerals, and liquids. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, and solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.]

    MS-PS1-1 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.  [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete description of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure is not required.]

    MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.  [Clarification Statement: Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride.] [Assessment boundary: Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.]

    MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.  [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawing and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.]

    MS-PS1-5 Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on law of conservation of matter and on physical models or drawings, including digital forms, that represent atoms.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the use of atomic masses, balancing symbolic equations, or intermolecular forces.]

    What iExploreScience Curiosity Sparks Are Not

    These resources are not designed to fit the mold of a traditional unit. You won’t find presentation slides, lecture notes, vocabulary cards, “warm-ups” or “exit tickets.” You won't find down-to-the-day pacing guides or a checklist of activities.

    The reality is, those things are not what learning is about -- and they don't represent how learning unfolds!

    What iExploreScience Curiosity Sparks Are

    These resources are your starting points. They provide the guide and general roadmap. They provide an opportunity to find something happening (in your Anchor Experience) and then to investigate what happened (through learning activities).

    Sparks will ask students to make observations and ask questions. They will give students (and you, as their guide!) the freedom and (supported) agency to investigate those questions… wherever you may need it to go. Spark lessons will provide exploration and discovery-based learning opportunities to uncover the targeted content, allowing your students to answer their own questions through unit activities. You and your students are fully supported as you the educator design a learning journey customized to your learners' needs.

    Be prepared to launch a learning journey and follow up with high quality 3D instruction. Blend your own resources, your favorite activities, and your classroom norms with the activities provided in this bundle.

    This isn't a "one size fits all" unit curriculum. This is your entry point into a more student-driven science class.

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