Connection to The Next Generation Science Standards
In this unit students have explore the Disciplinary Core Ideas of Structure and Properties of Matter - They have developed models to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen (5-PS1-1); Measured and graphed quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooking, or mixing substances, the total weight of mass is conserved (5-PS1-2); Made observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties (5-PS1-3); and Conducted investigations to determine weather the mixing of two or more substances has resulted in new substances (5-PS1-4).
They have used the Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity - natural objects exist from the very small to the immensely large; standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight, time, temperature, and volume; Energy and Matter - energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects; and Cause and Effect - cause and effect relationships are routinely used to explain change.
The Preparation Time for This Investigation is approximately 15 minutes.
What's The Matter Plaid Pete - Jeopardy Review(Powerpoint)
One copy for each student of What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Unit Review - Study Guide - Lesson 21
One copy for each student of What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Vocabulary Concentration
Rallying My Students for Assessment
I tell my students that two days from now will be a big day - they will get to show what they know about all they have learned about matter from Plaid Pete, his family, and friends!
I ask my students, "How do you study to prepare for a test?" I accept student answers. I am not surprised when there are few responses. I know that many of my students do not have a good concept of what it means to "study" for a test, and lack the strategies to make this a successful experience.
I tell them that today, I will show them some fun and effective ways to prepare for a test.I explain that today, I will help provide them with some tools and strategies to help them prepare.
Introduce Study Guide
I pass out copies of the What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Unit Review - Study Guide - Lesson 21 to each student. We look it over and I point out how each of the sections reference the lessons we have been working on. I note how the lessons are in order. We quickly go through and I have them write down the pages in their Science Notebooks that pertain to those lessons. I know that if I do not narrow the focus for them, they will get "lost in their notes" and will be unable to locate this information.
I pair each student with their Science Partner. This is the person that I have paired them with by rank ordering my class by reading ability, and then paired the top student with the student in the middle (e.g. #1 with # 13, #2 with #14) and so on so that there is not a huge gap between the two partners. I set them to work filling in the blanks on their study guide, telling them they will use this study guide to play a team game for points - and the winning team gets a prize! This year's team played for a jolly rancher.
I set students to work, telling them they will only have 45 minutes to complete this task, so they will need to stay focused! I keep my What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Unit Review - Study Guide Answer Key - Lesson 21 handy, as I circulate among pairs and assist as needed.
I have to pull my class back together when we get to the section on transfers of energy (Mrs. Parker States Her Case). This is particularly difficult for my students and I want to be sure that they review it well.
Many of my students are not familiar with the format of Jeopardy, so I pull up a You Tube clip so they can understand the format. I explain how the answer is really the question.
I then explain the categories and the rules. Each of my 5 teams will get their turn in order. if they answer incorrectly, the question passes to the next team, who has the opportunity to "steal" and receive the points. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Teams work together to come up with a team name that has something to do with the topic of matter. They come up with far more creative names than I could have imagined! As you can see from the scoreboard - we have "The Kinetics" and "The Mad Matters." I have written the numbers 1-5 on craft sticks, and call the team leaders up. They each choose a stick to determine the order of play.
I explain that all of the answers are on their Study Guides, so it is important to keep them handy, so that they can correct any errors they might have. I tell team leaders it is their job to make sure that they have checked the answer after each slide, to be sure that it is correctly recorded on each team member's sheet. I have to monitor this carefully to ensure that students are taking home correct answers to study.
Begin the Game
We congratulate the winning team. I explain to my students that what they just did - was study! I ask for students to turn and talk to the person next to them and explain the two strategies that I just modeled for them that they could try and use on their own with just about any content area topic to study for a test.
I accept answers and confirm that, Yes, they can 1) create a study guide by writing out sentences like I did from their notes, but leave blanks for the important words and phrases, and 2) make a up some kind of game to review the information.
I explain that in future tests, I will have them actually use the strategies by creating the study guides themselves, but this time I wanted them to see what a study guide looked like.
I ask students if they can think of any other types of games they could easily create to review important concepts. Students come up with a number of ideas including: Go Fish, Memory, Concentration, and of course - the now much loved game of "Pepper."
Introduce Strategy for Vocabulary
Next, I tell my students that I have a strategy for them to help them study for the vocabulary section. Most students have heard of the game "Concentration." I briefly explain the game and tell my students, "Today I have created cards for you. However, in the next unit, you will be creating your own cards using index cards."
I pass out the What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Vocabulary Concentration cards, provide them with an envelope, and tell students that they can take them home tonight, cut them out, and practice with them.
We will write the assignment to review both the Study Guide and the Concentration Game for homework for both tonight and tomorrow night. If my students do their part - they should be ready to show what they know!