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Density Column Lesson NGSS Aligned

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Students learn about density by making a density column! Students will be able to see that density is a property of matter. This resource includes a really fun, hands-on lesson, a close reading activity with a nonfiction passage, Interactive Notebook flaps and folds and response pages.

This lesson is aligned with NGSS for 5th grade and Middle School:

NGSS 5-PS1-1.

Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

NGSS 5-PS1-3.

Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

Utah SEEd Standard 5.2.1 Develop and use a model to describe that matter is made of particles on a scale that is too small to be seen.

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules

and extended structures.


Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 

And the Utah SEEd 6.2 Density describes how closely matter is packed together. Substances with a higher density have more matter in a given space than substances with a lower density. Changes in heat energy can alter the density of a material.

The reading activity is aligned with CCSS for 5th and 6th grade Reading Informational Text.

Science and Engineering Practices Used by The Students Include:

1. Asking questions

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Constructing explanations

6. Engaging in argument from evidence

7. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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Total Pages
19 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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