"A-ha Moments!" How does it work? Why does it happen?
TERM THREE: SCIENCE INQUIRY - physical phenomena and chemical changes
Reason for this inquiry: Children are curious about physical and chemical changes and enjoy the experimental side of these discussions and activities – they need to learn about scientific process too.
Understandings: (Big ideas/Key Concepts)
- Physical phenomena and chemical changes can be observed and measured.
- Physical phenomena and chemical changes behave in certain ways.
- Physical phenomena and chemical changes can occur naturally or be controlled through human input.
- Materials can be changed in lots of ways.
- There are physical and chemical changes.
- Some types of changes can be reversed, others can’t.
Core Knowledge: (Baseline knowledge)
- Physical phenomena are light, heat, sound, forces (push and pull), electricity, and magnetism.
- There are three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and matter can change from one to the other.
- We use controlled scientific experiments to observe and test physical phenomena and chemical changes.
- Changes in materials include physical (e.g.stretching, bending, twisting, squashing etc), and chemical (e.g. dissolving, melting, heating, etc).
- We use physical phenomena and chemical changes to help us in practical and recreational situations.
Strategies: Using the question matrix.
Blended Learning: Reading and writing – research, recording experiments and following scientific method; Blog posts/Explain Everything; Videos of experiments and results
Key Competencies: Me as a Collaborator V
Te Reo/Tikanga Maori integration: Questioning, understanding and appreciating our world and resources; use of cooperative activities and shared tasks
Special Needs: Targeted learners: support with discussions and written tasks – use tech expert classmates to support with creation/presentation of info
Further notes: I will begin inquiry with investigating physical/chemical changes, and moving into the use of scientific method for science fair projects. Trainee teacher to take children further, with physical phenomena (forces) theme, for posting Weeks 5-9
ASSESSMENT: by end of Week 10
TEACHING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Chem For Kids
Chemical change vs physical change
Learner.org: Physical Science course for teachers
Session One - what is matter?
Session Two - solids, liquids, gases
Session Three - physical changes
Session Four - chemical changes
Session Five - density and pressure
Session Six - rising and sinking
Session Seven - heat and temperature
Session Eight - extending the particle model of matter
Scientific Tuesdays - colour changing chemicals video - use the idea for a inquiry starter??
Scientific Tuesdays - Color Changing Chemicals by JacindaBoyce
Mr Lehan Teaches You Stuff - a ninth grade video/powerpoint about change
Grade 9 Chemistry, Lesson 3 - Physical and... by snarlingunite
Science with Higgins - Soap in a Microwave
Scholastic Studyjams - states of matter video