Lesson: Air Pressure (Day 6 and 7)
Please see document entitled: "Air Pressure Lesson Plan" for detailed lesson plan.
This is inquiry based lesson indented to cover 2 days (1 hour lesson each) of science sessions. The lesson is written in ABC, CBV, R format (Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary, and Reading).
These materials are an updated version of this two day air pressure lesson. I did this lesson twice with two separate groups of students.
Some things to note while doing the experiment is that it is really important to show the materials involved and how they are going to be used before having the students use them. This will help avoid pit falls where students cut up the balloon with scissors as a part of their trial or take apart their plastic bottle. I updated the inquiry question for the experiment to be "How can you get the balloon to blow up in the plastic bottle without taking it apart?" From experience, this became a necessary addition because students will otherwise take the opportunity to destroy the materials they were given in order to get the balloon to blow up.
Also, make time for students at the end of the experiment to just focus on finishing up their poster for the experiment. This will help them prepare their thoughts and be ready to present their ideas in front of the class so they are not up there unprepared.
Power Point Notes:
I added more opportunities for student reflections in the power point from its original version, this is because when it was originally presented students did not contribute as much to the learning and their notes. Everytime a new concept is taught there is a slide asking students to reflect or write or talk with a partner. I feel this will add to the direct instruction of the concepts of air pressure. Teacher questions and directions in running the power point are in the notes section of each slide so essentially the power point itself is the lesson plan for note taking day.
|Air Pressure Power Point Activity||
|Compare Contrast High and Low air pressure Worksheet Assessment||
|Science Starter Air Pressure Lesson Starter / Do Now||
|Inquiry and the National Science Education St||
|Air Pressure Lesson Plan.doc||
|National Science Education Standards||
|Experiment WorkSheet - balloon in a bottle.doc||
|Houghton Mifflin 5th Grade Web Page||