Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge The Particles of Matter - Section 3: Explore


The information on the Matter Poster may see like a lot, however, students are very engaged and are active participants during this note-taking process. Here's why: 

1. Half of the information on the poster is review (matter definition, 3 main types of matter, and properties of matter). This is very important as students are able to use prior knowledge to make sense of new knowledge. Also, this helps develop my students’ ability to apply unifying ideas to make connections across science content.

2. The video at the beginning of the lesson helped motivate my students! They are excited and ready to learn more about atoms and molecules! 

3. The colors and pictures help scaffold the information. Adding visuals to the poster supports the "sense-making" process. 

4. Finally, students love their lapbooks! They are excited to add more information to their research! 

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Class Poster
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The Particles of Matter

Unit 5: Matter
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT explain how matter is made up of small particles.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students watch a video, create a poster model, and complete research to explain how matter is made up of small particles.

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