Interested in PrBL/PBL? Want to get students engaged in learning about matter while still holding them accountable?
This Prelab introduces students to the story of Archimedes and the Golden Crown of Hiero.
Students brainstorm how they might figure out if a crown was made of solid gold - without destroying it!
This prelab is designed to get students ready to learn about the properties of matter. It is the first activity in a 5 part lab.
This prelab can also work as a stand alone assignment to introduce students to the properties of matter.
If you are interested in the 5 part lab:
This lab introduces some of the properties of matter and gives students an overview of qualitative and quantitative observations, intrinsic and extrinsic properties, and density and buoyancy. Students use readings, observations, lab work, and simulations to explore properties of matter.
The lab is split into 5 parts along with one lab-based extension. Students can work through the lab at their own pace in a more independent style, or you can guide students through the lab using some of the questions as a class discussion. The extension can be used with students who are further ahead, or given as an assignment for the entire class.
The entire lab is designed to take five 45-minute periods + the extension which can take up to 2 additional periods
Find other parts of the Properties of Matter Lab here!
Properties of Matter: Qualitative & Quantitative Observation (PART 1)- Students learn how to make qualitative and quantitative observations
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2) - Students explore the properties of a Mystery Material (aluminum)
Properties of Matter: Thinking Questions (PART 3) - Students apply their knowledge of properties of matter to some application questions (good homework assignment!)
Properties of Matter: Inquiry Finding Density & Observing Buoyancy (DENSITY) - Students explore density in a simulation (inquiry)
Properties of Matter: Identifying Unknown Materials (EXTENSION) - Students put their knowledge to the test to identify which item is aluminum