Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge States of Matter - Section 4: Explain


Frayer Model

This lesson focuses on developing understanding of the particle theory of matter with solids, liquids, and gases and distinguishing characteristics that define each one.  I decided using the frayer model at this point would help students organize their prior knowledge about the states of matter and enhance their conceptual understanding of them. The Frayer Model is designed to graphically organize knowledge, new and previous.  It provides students the opportunity to refine their thinking and convey their understanding of new content. I find this graphical organizer useful in science because it supports the development of scientific vocabulary and improves conceptual understanding.

I gave my students the graphic organizer and guided them through each square(section) of the organizer. As I review the purpose of each square, I point out that examples section. I tell them I want them to think about examples from their own lives. I do this because I want them to make personal connections and see how matter is relevant to them. We engage in a whole class discussion to define words and characteristics but I have them complete the personal examples independently.  I noticed students handled this assignment well by accurately making good personal connections.  I reconvened the class as a whole and noted their ideas on a chart so all students could view one another's ideas and to provide clarification on ideas if needed.

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States of Matter

Unit 2: Structure, Function, and Properties of Matter
Lesson 3 of 19

Objective: SWBAT use observable properties to classify matter.

Big Idea: Students will create visual models of particles in each state of matter based on the particle theory.

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