Amy Miller

Amy Miller
5th Grade Science
80 Lessons
Vossbeck Elementary School
Lynden, WA
Student Environment:
Rural
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Introduction to Scientific Inquiry:  Pre Assessment
 
Big Idea: What do students already know about scientific practices in general, and controlled investigations in particular? Students take a pretest to demonstrate their knowledge in order to inform instruction, as well as set up their scientific notebooks.
Standards:
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Introduction to Scientific Inquiry:  The Eight Essential Science Practices
 
Big Idea: What do scientists do, and how do they work? This engaging activity using chant, or rap, provides students with an overview of the eight essential Science Practices specified by the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement:  Day One of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato
 
Big Idea: How do scientists collect data? What kinds of data do they collect? Students learn about qualitative and quantitative data.
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Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement:  Day Two of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato
 
Big Idea: How do scientists use data to support a claim? Do some types of data provide more effective support than others? Students lend Plaid Pete a helping hand, as they collect evidence to make a claim about the identity of the Prize Potato.
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Introduction to Scientific Models:  Day One of Seth and the Yak Attack!
 
Big Idea: What is a Scientific model? Why do scientists use models? Students engage in a guided exploration that helps them to understand that models are sophisticated tools that advance scientific understanding.
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Introduction to Scientific Models:  Day Two of Seth and the Yak Attack!
 
Big Idea: How do scientists use models to revise their thinking and understanding of phenomena? Students use their new knowledge about scientific models to make a claim and provide evidence to support it.
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Introduction to Scientific Investigation:  Plaid Pete is in a Pickle!
 
Big Idea: What types of scientific study do scientists engage in? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students meet "mentor scientists" and learn about the different ways that scientists explore the world around them.
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Introduction to Controlled Experiments:  Plaid Pete Guides the Way!
 
Big Idea: What are the parts of a controlled experiment? A funny book of failed experiments, a monster in charge of the laboratory over spring break, and a guidebook from Plaid Pete, help students to figure out the parts and have some fun along the way.
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Planning a Controlled Experiment:  Jason's Revenge - or is it?
 
Big Idea: How do scientists plan their experiments? What do they include in their plans? Students develop a written plan in their notebooks that will be used to conduct a controlled experiment.
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Conducting a Controlled Experiment:  Jason's Revenge - or is it?
 
Big Idea: How do scientists analyze data in a controlled experiment, and communicate their findings? Students conduct their controlled experiment, analyze their data to write a four part conclusion, and have a little fun with a science induced soda-pop geyser.
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What's The Matter Plaid Pete?:  Mid-Unit Assessment
 
Big Idea: Students take a 3 part Mid-Unit Assessment, before moving on to apply their new Science skills in investigations around the Disciplinary Core Ideas of Matter and Its Interactions.
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Introduction to Matter:  Plaid Pete & Seth Sort Out Their Homework
 
Big Idea: What is matter? Students help Plaid Pete and Seth with a homework assignment that has them sort items from a list into categories of matter and non-matter.
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Introduction to the Particle Theory of Matter:  Day One of Plaid Pete's Particles
 
Big Idea: How are particles different in solids, liquids, and gases? Using Plaid Pete and Seth's research notes and cereal rings students construct particle models of solids, liquids, and gases.
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Introduction to the Particle Theory of Matter:  Day Two of Plaid Pete's Particles
 
Big Idea: How does the arrangement of particles in different states of matter affect their properties? Students work in pairs to further refine their understanding of the particle theory of matter by investigating the compression of a solid, a liquid, and a gas.
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Introduction to the Periodic Table:  It's Elemental Plaid Pete!
 
Big Idea: What is an element? What is a compound? What is the Periodic Table? Students finally get introduced to Plaid Pete, and the fine art of constructing molecules and writing chemical formulas!
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Changing Matter:  Mrs. Parker States Her Case
 
Big Idea: How do particles move in different states of matter? Students get to meet Plaid Pete's Mom, as they dive into an investigation into The Kinetic Theory of Matter.
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Changing Matter:  Plaid Pete Knows Conservation!
 
Big Idea: What happens when matter changes state? Do particles disappear? Students measure and graph materials, before and after changes of state, to provide evidence for conservation of matter.
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Changing Matter:  Plaid Pete Gets Physical - And Chemical!
 
Big Idea: How does matter change? How are new substances created? Students get to meet Plaid Pete and Seth's Science Teacher , Mrs. Glaze, as she schools them on physical and chemical changes in matter.
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Changing Matter:  Day One of Nahari Has The Solution!
 
Big Idea: What is a mixture? What is a solution? How do you tell the difference between the two? Students actively mix, filter, and evaporate, to add to their growing wealth of knowledge about the properties of matter.
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Changing Matter:  Day Two of Nahari Has The Solution!
 
Big Idea: How do scientists use the properties of matter to identify substances? Students identify the crystals that result from their evaporation test, and use their knowledge of the properties of matter to try to categorize a new substance.
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What's The Matter Plaid Pete? Unit Review
 
Big Idea: How do you study for a test? What are some strategies that can be easily used and will lead to success on assessments? Students learn how to use a study guide and games to review for the unit assessment.
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What's The Matter Plaid Pete?  Unit Assessment
 
Big Idea: Students take a 3 part Unit Assessment,and apply their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas of the Properties of Matter and the crosscutting concepts, as well as using their knowledge of vocabulary, and scientific models.
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