How can you make a new chemical? In this activity students will apply understanding of chemical vs. physical changes in an inquiry based lab. Students then make connections from the lab to the field of chemical engineering, learning what chemical engineering is, and finding out how it applies to things that they use in daily life. In the culminating project based assessment, students create a life story of their favorite object through the lens of a chemical engineer.
Grade Level: 5
Length: Two 60 minute lessons
Content Standards: NGSS 5-PS1-4 and CCSS.W.2.8
Prior Knowledge: Students will have knowledge of the states and properties of matter, and will have strategies to observe and collect data. They will also have a basic understanding of physical vs. chemical changes.
Student Learning Objective(s): Students will be able to
-Compare and contrast solids, liquids, and gases based on the basic properties of each of these states of matter.
-Use observations to differentiate between physical and chemical change.
-Make predictions, record observations, and form conclusions about different types of physical and chemical changes.
-Summarize what chemical engineers do.
-Identify chemical engineering principles in real life.
Purchase includes two full 60 minute lesson plans, embedded links for all technology resources, corresponding student worksheets, lab station directions, project description and criteria, as well as free access to all corresponding student resources for this career including videos, simulations, and career information sheet.
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