This Nanotechnology mini-unit was developed for a Gifted and Talented classroom, but could also be used in the regular classroom. It is designed for grades 3-5 but could be adapted for other grades as well. Every activity is common core aligned and the standards are listed on each activity intro page.
Included in this mini-unit:
Ethical Medicine Journal Prompt - Students will be given a scenario and will decide what they would do - choose nanotechnology and take the risk or lose something important to them. (GT: Critical Thinking, CC: W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1)
Medieval Times Nanotech - Students will learn about early uses of nanotechnology and will create a work of stained glass art. (GT: Creativity, CC: SL.3.3, SL.4.3, CCRA.SL.2)
Nanotech STEM Creations: Students will create different allotropes of carbon and will see that we can change a group of atoms into different shapes to have different functions - just like nanotechnology does.
Razzle Dazzle Words - Students will use the given vocabulary terms (nanotechnology related) and definitions to create a visual dictionary sheet (included) that includes the word, definition, picture, a sentence, and part of speech. (GT: Vocabulary, Creativity, Common Core Standards: L.3.1, L.3.6, L.4.1, L.4.6, L.5.1, L.5.6)
How Many Nanos? - Students will measure various items and determine how many nanometers across they are. Includes a version with items included and a blank version. (GT: Differentiation, CC: 3.MD.B.4, MP1, MP2, 3.OA.A.1, 4.MD.A.1, 4.OA.A.1)
Curing Cancer One Game at a Time - Students will visit a website that allows them to manipulate and learn about nanotechnology to cure diseases. A guide worksheet is included. (GT: Differentiation, SL.3.3, SL.4.3, CCRA.SL.2)
A Closer Look at a Tiny World - Students will choose activities to research from a choice board about nanotechnology and the progress we have made, then present to the class. Rubrics are included. (GT: Research, Presentation Skills, RI.3.1, W.3.7, RI.4.1, W.4.7, RI.5.1, W.5.7)