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This activity introduces students to the idea that all molecules are in motion and student investigate the relationship between temperature and the movement of molecules. After students complete the hands on activity, they will write a CER argument to explain how thermal/kinetic energy in molecules changes as temperature increases. They will write scientific arguments with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning about their findings.
This is a great introduction to many science units including states of matter, energy transfer, or ocean currents.
- Teacher directions and student sheets for the hands on investigation
- Reading passage about the thermal energy and molecules
- Student worksheets with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning
- A presentation to move students through the activity
Supports NGSS Standard:
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.
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This comes from my “Quick and Cl-Ev-R” series. Each activity is designed for students to practice writing scientific arguments with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning based on real world data and experiences. Each activity includes a quick hands on activity, demonstration, and real data, and a corresponding reading focusing on the scientific concepts presented in the activity.