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

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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12 pages
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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. in-person lesson plan spanning two 45 minute classes, written in 5E format; provided as an EDITABLE WORD DOCUMENT

2. student career exploration worksheet (within editable word doc)

3. student lab activity worksheet (within editable word doc)

4. crystallography Webquest with linked resources and worksheet (within editable word doc)

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

6. answer key

This resource works best with in-person learning.

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Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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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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