Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Particle Play - Be the Particle Modeling Activity - Section 2: Explore


The Particle Play is a chaotic activity. Embrace the chaos and get moving because the benefits to learning paired with physical activity are numerous. Some of the reasons I stick with this lesson year-after-year to help teach and assess conceptual understanding of the particulate model of matter are:

1) Fun and Play: Let's dance and have fun and act silly together! Learning is enhanced when we are in a good mood and sharing a positive community event. I tell students this is the most fun they will ever have at an assessment.

2) Embody concepts: Modeling particles helps students embody the concept. Drawing still particles on a page is one way to demonstrate the particulate model of matter, but by acting it out, students are more likely to remember the concepts.

3) Engage minds and bodies: The capabilities of minds and bodies are both elevated when mental and physical activity are paired. Not only are students more engaged, but they are excited, enthusiastic and energized too!

For some interesting reading on this topic, try:

Movement and Learning

Get Your Students Moving

A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

  The Benefits of Movement for Learning
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: The Benefits of Movement for Learning
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Particle Play - Be the Particle Modeling Activity

Unit 6: Properties of Matter
Lesson 14 of 14

Objective: SWBAT kinesthetically model particles in different states of matter and during phase changes.

Big Idea: The particle model of matter helps students understand that particles behave in predictable ways.

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