When we start a big new science unit, I like to give students an overview of the vocabulary and concepts we will be working on and do a little mini-lab.
To introduce the vocab and concepts, I use a PowerPoint that covers the basics of what students will be learning. This gives them a chance to recognize what they are familiar with and unfamiliar with. When we started our unit on Properties of Matter a couple of weeks ago, we used a PowerPoint and mini-lab to get started.
Students took scaffolded notes from the PowerPoint in their science notebooks, then did an activity where they identified 5 properties of a penny. Students used the differentiated notes pages to take notes at their instructional level. It was a really great way to introduce matter.
Coming up this week, we will use a Properties of Water PowerPoint and Mixtures and Solutions PowerPoint. These aren’t necessarily new units, but the PowerPoints help us (ahem….me) to focus our learning on the required standard. I like giving the students a taste of what they will be learning so they can think about it as we work through our lessons and stations.
I sell the PowerPoints and Notes sets that I use with my classes in my TpT store. Click the pics to view them.
|Properties of Water|
|Mixtures and Solutions|
|Forms of Energy|
|Natural Resources and Alternative Energy|
See all PowerPoints from The Science Penguin.