Quality and engaging middle school science teaching lessons on metals. This is a multi-day series of classes where students learn about the properties of metals. Use document camera-ready images and graphic notes in your teaching. The demonstrations that are described are sure to attract the interest of your class. The inquiry activity that follows is hands-on as students discover if all metals are conductors and which metals are attracted to a magnet.
See if your students can figure out the “tricky” aluminum! The activity requires the availability of different metals such as zinc and copper for students to test. A result table to record the data is provided which can be a stand-alone assignment or incorporated into a laboratory notebook. A grading rubric is provided.
The next class focuses on the specific metallic properties of iron. There are four demonstrations described, one describes how to remove iron from instant grits! The iron filings demonstrations are visually exciting and are a great hook for students learning the characteristics of iron. The packet offers links to instructional videos that show the combustion of magnesium and the properties of liquid mercury. A metal comparative table is provided for students to use for a short research activity that could run 2-3 days. A grading rubric for this assignment is provided and a sample answer key is included.
Also included is a science article that compares iron and zinc for students to practice reading comprehension skills. There are multiple choice questions and two open-ended questions that are provided on a ready-to-go worksheet. An answer key is included for the questions. Finally, there is a Venn diagram with answer key where students compare metals to non-metals.
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