MS-PS1-5 Balancing Chemical Reactions Lab Stations Activity

MS-PS1-5 Balancing Chemical Reactions Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-PS1-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Balancing Chemical Reactions Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Apply the Law of Conservation of Mass to chemical reactions.
2. Use a model that describes how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction.
3. Balance chemical equations by manipulating the coefficient of reactants and products.

Science Skills Station
Students will use building blocks to demonstrate conservation of mass during a chemical reaction. The blocks will represent atoms of the substances involved in the reaction. Students will rearrange blocks to show bonds breaking and/or forming while also showing how the total number of atoms does not change in a reaction.

Narrative Station
Students will read about the law of conservation of mass and how it applies to chemical reactions. Students will also read about balancing chemical equations.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to balancing chemical reactions. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will identify problems in unbalanced chemical equations. They will manipulate the coefficient of reactants and products to balance the equations.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 set of colored pencils
Legos or other building blocks (4 identical pieces of at least 4 different colors)

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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