Reflection: Intervention and Extension States of Matter Part 1 - Section 4: Reflect & Apply


To develop my students' abilities to drive the inquiry process, I try to support the investigating of student questions as frequently as possible. 

Before cleaning up today, students eagerly wanted to investigate the following questions, so we did! Once we investigated one question, students asked another... and another! 

  1. What happens if we put the cup in quickly? (The paper towel gets we from the splashing water.)
  2. What happens if we put the cup in slowly? (Less air bubbles escape.)
  3. What happens if the cup is put in the water at an angle? (The air can escape and the paper towel gets wet.


By investigating student questions, the class knows that their curiosity is an integral part of science and the learning process. 

  Supporting the Inquiry Process
  Intervention and Extension: Supporting the Inquiry Process
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States of Matter Part 1

Unit 5: Matter
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT observe the properties of liquids, solids, and gases.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students observe the properties of the three basic states of matter. They will also investigate the question: Does air take up space?

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Science, Properties of Matter, Matter and its Properties, solids, states of matter, liquid, Gases, chemical reaction
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