In this PLAY science station, students play one of two video games about solids and liquids or about reversible and irreversible changes. They then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned. The Play a Video Game Science station is part of the Reversible and Irreversible Changes Science Stations.
This PLAY station is also available in a larger bundle of 8 stations at a discount of 35%. Instead of paying $2.59, you only pay $1.50 per station for 8 stations on Reversible and Irreversible Changes Science Stations.
This station may require Adobe Flash. Be sure that your computer has Adobe Flash installed and updated to access the video games.
Included are links to the video games in three versions (full link, bit.ly and google short link), differentiated response forms including short answer, fill-in-the-blank, cut and paste, and task cards, and an answer key.
ONE: The links in the resource are for video games hosted on many different websites. We are doing our best to keep up with the ever-changing online environment. Sometimes links will not work. Please leave a Q&A and let us know when a game does not work. We check ALL links yearly, but depend on teachers using the games to let us know if a link does not work throughout the year.
TWO: Many video games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is being being fazed out and many districts block the use of Adobe Flash. Be sure that you can install and enable Adobe Flash on your computers. Also, until a more secure gaming platform is developed (not Flash), there are fewer and fewer quality video games available online. We will continue to look for replacement games when a link goes away; however, finding quality games has become more difficult. We may need a few extra days to find a quality replacement or at some point in the future we may choose to replace a video game with a printable game.
► Big Idea Posters that explain the core ideas of the stations.
► Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.
► Watch - Students watch a video in order to learn about changes in states of matter or about how the changing in states of water makes clouds and weather. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Play - Students play a game in order to learn about changing states of matter or about reversible and irreversible changes. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Investigate - Students read about reversible and irreversible changes, specifically when matter changes state. They make observations of an example of an irreversible change in order to investigate this. The answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Diagram - Students read about changes in states of matter. They put together a diagram of changing states of matter and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Read a Passage - Students read about properties and states of matter. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Model - Students read about and states of matter and types of changes. They make a model of and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Explore Students read about changing states of matter. They explore this and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Sort - Students read about reversible and irreversible changes as matter changes state. They sort pictures into two categories. They then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
In Second Grade, students are expected to demonstrate understanding in the following areas:
• 2-PS1-4. Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
This correlates with the DCI 2-PS1.B, which states:
• Heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. Sometimes these changes are reversible, and sometimes they are not.
The Investigate, Diagram, and Explore stations correlate with the Engineering Design DCI ETS1.B, which states:
• Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people. (K-2-ETS1-2)
The Crosscutting Concepts are met in the following ways:
• Cause and Effect: Events have causes that generate observable patterns. (2-PS1-4)
This Concept is met in the Investigate, Model, and Explore stations.
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