Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Density Part 2: The Role of Volume in Determining the Density of Objects - Section 2: Tying Mass and Volume Together with Manipulative Models

 

Models are a great tool to deepen student understanding about any STEM topic. Visual thinking helps turn mental models into conceptual models, especially when students base them on evidence or observations. A model is a representation of how people think something works.  

In science classes, teachers can use models to assess students' preconceptions and then have them revisit them over the course of a unit. Revisions to models equates to deeper conceptual understanding because as evidence is collected and analyzed, students then reflect on their original thoughts and change their model--just like scientists! Incorporating this combination of visual thinking and model revision into your classes will lead to deeper understanding.

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Density Part 2: The Role of Volume in Determining the Density of Objects

Unit 6: Density
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT explain the relationship between mass and volume when discussing density.

Big Idea: Students yelling, "It sinks because it's heavy" isn't good enough! Students will learn the relationship that mass and volume have when explaining how matter can have different densities.

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