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Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

 
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Marshmallow Molecules

7th Grade Science » Unit: Physical Properties: Molecular Arrangement and Phase Changes
7th Grade Science » Unit: Physical Properties: Molecular Arrangement and Phase Changes
Leigh Roehm
Saline, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students use marshmallows and toothpicks to develop models of molecular structures! In addition, students utilize graphing to monitor their own learning.

 
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Atoms Family - Atomic Structure Review

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Atoms make up everything, so students explore their understanding the structure and function of atoms by creating a "spooky" summary notes resource.

 
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atoms
   

Building Atomic Models Simulation Investigation

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Atoms are tiny! How can we observe the structure of individual atoms? Zoom in using technology of course!

 
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Periodic Table of the Elements Exploration Project (Part 1/3)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The periodic table is like the DaVinci Code - lots of secrets locked away in the classification of the elements waiting to be unlocked!

 
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Adopt an Element Research Project (Part 1/3)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students "adopt" an element, learn about their element and create a “baby block” cube to display their research.

 
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fuzz ball
   

What is Conservation of Matter?

6th Grade Science » Unit: Chemistry and Cooking
6th Grade Science » Unit: Chemistry and Cooking
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In a chemical process, the atoms that make up the original substances are not created or destroyed, but rather regrouped into different molecules. The total number of each atom is conserved, or remains constant.

 
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Density of Solids and Liquids

8th Grade Science » Unit: Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
8th Grade Science » Unit: Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

A tried and true lesson for introducing or reviewing how to measure the density of solids and liquids.

Standards:
 
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droplet
   

Atoms and Element Unit Essentials

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

There are lots of behind-the-scenes resources required to make a great unit. Find them here!

 
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Periodic Table of the Elements Exploration Project (Part 3/3)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The periodic table is like the DaVinci Code - lots of secrets locked away in the classification of the elements waiting to be unlocked!

 
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original pt
   

Cooking Up Atoms Investigation

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Making models out of candy is a middle schoolers' dream! Students explore atomic structure in a sweet way.

 
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Let's Get Atomic - Investigating Historical Models (Part 1/2)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Atomic theory is a great example to help students realize why we use models to help us understand atoms and how ideas change with new evidence.

 
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aristotle
   

Polymers and Physical Properties

7th Grade Science » Unit: Physical Properties: Molecular Arrangement and Phase Changes
7th Grade Science » Unit: Physical Properties: Molecular Arrangement and Phase Changes
Leigh Roehm
Saline, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students explore physical and chemical properties of polymers as they make slime, experiment with insta-snow polymer, and stick a skewer through a balloon without it popping!

 
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balloon lesson
   

Periodic Table of the Elements Exploration Project (Part 2/3)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The periodic table is like the DaVinci Code - lots of secrets locked away in the classification of the elements waiting to be unlocked!

 
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original pt
   

Adopt an Element Research Project (Part 3/3)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students "adopt" an element, learn about their element and create a “baby block” cube to display their research.

 
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fuzz ball
   

Black Box Problems - Modeling the Unobservable

6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
6th Grade Science » Unit: Atoms and Elements
Erin Greenwood
Boulder, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students practice scientific thinking and experimentation to solve a problem while exploring why scientists use models.

 
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