Science in term 1 will be focusing on the three states of matter, solids, liquids and gases. Many of the practical lessons are taken from the above book. Each student has an Inquiry book in which to make their scientific notes and observations and to plan for reports.
In the first three practical lessons students are asked to observe substances in different states and to make detailed observations and use annotated diagrams. Here are the substances the students looked at. Some of the substances underwent a physical change whilst other underwent a physical and a chemical change.
|Milk and frozen milk|
|Candle and burning candle|
|Salt and salt solution|
|Students had magnifying glasses|
|Chocolate in original state, melted and burnt|
|Bicarbonate Soda mixed with Tartatric acid|
|Bicarb and Tartaric acid before water (H2O) was added|
|Bicarb and Tartaric acid after the addition of water|
|Icy-poles at room temperature and frozen|
|Raw egg and hard-boiled egg|
|Perfume in its liquid form|
|Perfume atomised and evaporating|
As a class we will do an observation of denture cleaning tablets changing their state. This coming week students will be given coloured dots to model the three different states of matter.
|Students hard at work during the practical sessions|
Students have access to a word wall within the classroom and new vocabulary will be added to the wall during class sharing and discussions after each practical session.
Useful information and diagram for the unit:
Hopefully at the end of the unit, students will have a greater understanding of states of matter than many of these kids.