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Science gets SPOOKY this Halloween as students actively engage in phenomena-based inquiry, observation, model creation, and analysis of phase changes and sublimation. Dry ice is the perfect substance to explore this Halloween with your students!
I love finding the wonder of science concepts in every day activities that are exciting for students to explore. My “Science of” series does just that. In this special spooky edition, students explore the science of sublimation, when a solid changes into a gas, skipping the liquid phase. This activity could last a few days or could be expanded on as the core phenomena of an entire unit. Students love the tricks and treats that come embedded in this content-rich activity… and if your crew isn‘t big on Halloween, you‘ve also been provided with lesson materials to use any time of the year. Personally, this has always been a favorite lesson and I am so excited to share it with you!
These activities are arranged in a "5E" format. Students will ENGAGE in the phenomena and modeling creation, EXPLORE dry ice information, safety, and discovery activities, EXPLAIN their observations by finding research to support what they saw, ELABORATE through CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) scientific writing tasks, and EVALUATE their understanding of the sublimation phase change process by modeling and describing the lifecycle of dry ice.
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- Detailed Teacher Instructions
- 5E Lesson Guide
- Materials List and Helpful Hints
- Images of each activity
- Packet Cover Sheets
- Phenomena Demo Sheet
- Making Models Sheet
- Dry Ice Information and Safety Sheet
- "Spooky Science" Exploration Activity Sheet
- Non-Halloween Themed Exploration Activity Sheet (same activities renamed)
- Explain the Phenomenon Research Sheet
- Two "State Your Claim" Writing Tasks
- Writing Task Printable Paper
- "Prove It" Writing Task Sheet
- The Dry Ice Cycle Evaluation Activity
Law of Conservation of Matter
NGSS Performance Expectation:
MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs):
Energy & Matter
Cause & Effect
Systems & System Models
Science and Engineering Practice (SEPs):
Developing & Using Models
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
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Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!
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