NGSS 5-PS1-1 States of Matter NGSS Aligned Lesson – Modeling Matter Made of Particles Too Small to be seen
is a 5E phenomena based lesson plan.
The lesson starts with a PowerPoint and short video to engage your students. Their involvement deepens with three explore activities, two of which are hands on lab exercises. Also included is a detailed explanation PowerPoint with linked video on the states of matter. Three elaboration activities and an evaluation activity complete the lesson.
This unit is for 5th grade NGSS Performance Expectation 5-PS1-1. 5-PS1-1: Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen
This lesson is a 5E lesson plan. It also incorporates the National Research Council’s 3D learning process.
The 5E steps are:
Students watch a PowerPoint which introduces the topic of the lesson. They are then asked questions in the PowerPoint to direct their focus toward matter particles being too small to see.
Three Exploration activities are provided.
Exploration Lab 1
Does Air Have Weight? Students develop a hypothesis about the weight of air in a balloon and then test the hypothesis (Worksheet included)
Exploration Lab 2
– Balloon Balance Experiment. Students must determine what will happen if one of two balanced balloons is popped. Two options for this experiment are offered
– Matter Sorting Cards. Students must sort and classify cards showing various objects and states of matter.
Students will take time to explain what they have learned from their explore activities about matter and particles too small to be seen.
An interactive PowerPoint presentation is provided to go into more depth about the particles in the different states of matter. Interactive student worksheets and answer keys are provided. A link to an unusual behavior of matter shown on TV is included.
Three Elaboration activities are provided.
Students must observe and label the three states of matter, and then list the characteristics of each.
is a hands-on activity where students cut out and classify pictures showing objects in different states of matter.
is an activity where students must observe and identify states of matter in a picture provided.
Students must model the distribution of particles in a container based on the different state of matter the particles are in.
Detailed Teacher notes have been provided to cover all aspects of this unit.
This Product also supports the following Common Core Standards:
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (5-PS1-1
This lesson also Incorporates the National Research Council’s 3-dimensional learning process. Details are provided in the teachers notes
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