Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)

Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
Properties of Matter: Observing a Mystery Material (PART 2)
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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 Lab Bundle

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

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Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride. Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.
Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Examples of materials to be identified could include baking soda and other powders, metals, minerals, and liquids. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, and solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property. Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.
Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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