Interested in PrBL/PBL? Want to get students engaged in learning about matter while still holding them accountable?
This Lab introduces students to the Mystery Material (aluminum)- they then practice taking many different types of qualitative observations.
Students travel to 3 stations to observe different properties of the Mystery Material.
This part of the lab is designed to get students practicing observations and starting to identify properties of matter. It is the third activity in a 5 part lab.
This part of the lab can also work as a stand alone assignment to introduce students to the qualitative 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: Brainstorm Identifying Matter (PRELAB)- Introduce students to the properties of matter with a problem
Properties of Matter: Qualitative & Quantitative Observation (PART 1)- Students learn how to make qualitative and quantitative observations
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