Grow your own crystal - 5E Lesson, Lab, & Webquest! (MS-PS1-1)

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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What do diamonds and snowflakes have in common? In this activity, students will grow their own crystals while exploring the career field of crystallography. Activities support NGSS standard MS-PS1-1. Purchase includes:

1. 5E in-person lesson plan spanning two 45 minute classes; PDF format

2. student career exploration worksheet

3. student lab activity worksheet

4. crystallography Webquest with linked resources and worksheet

5. access to online crystallographer career exploration resources including virtual job shadow video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet (in English and Spanish)

6. answer key

This resource works best with in-person learning.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. 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 does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete depiction of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure.


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