What's (the) Matter? Unit

What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
What's (the) Matter? Unit
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Common Core Standards
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A comprehensive unit that will help middle school students concretely understand the abstract concepts behind atoms and the periodic table. The unit includes the following:

Parts of an Atom Lesson - In this lesson students use color coding and creative writing techniques to concretely understand the subatomic particles that make an atom. Lesson includes note-taking guides, teacher tips, a creative writing activity and more.

Understanding Elements Lesson - This guided instruction lesson will help students concretely understand how to interpret information about the elements found on the periodic table. Lesson includes note-taking guides, practice worksheets, teacher tips and keys, and more.

Understanding the Periodic Table - In this lesson students will gain a better understanding of the periodic table and how it is organized. Lesson includes color-coding techniques for identifying parts of the periodic table, note-taking guides, teacher tips, practice worksheets and more.

Creating Bohr Diagrams - students will use their knowledge of atoms and the periodic table to construct 2 dimensional Bohr diagrams. Lesson includes rules for constructing Bohr diagrams, practice worksheets, teacher tips and key, and more.

Element Hunter's Project - In this student-led, research project, students research one of the first 18 elements on the periodic table. Students will create models, ads and presentations for their elements.

Lesson PowerPoint - The 42 slide PowerPoint provides a thorough teacher-led lesson for each of the 4 lessons included in the unit.

The unit covers the following standards:


MS-PS-1: Substances are made from different types of atoms, which combines with one another in various ways.

MS-PS-1-3: Each pure substance has characteristic physical and chemical properties that can be used to identify it.


RST.6-8.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

L.7.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

SL.7.4: Present claims and findings.
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