Hi guys! We’ve had after school tutoring for two weeks. I meet with eight 5th graders once a week for 90 minutes. This program lasts 10 weeks and will hopefully prepare them for STAAR.
One of the standards many students need to review is about properties of matter. For two weeks, we did a variety of activities for properties of matter.
The Standard: classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy
Session 1: We begin each session by studying the objective and answering the key questions of the day. When we started the lesson, they really struggled with most of the questions, but got an idea of what they would be able to do after the lesson.
We reviewed vocabulary with motions, illustrations, and “turn and teach”.
For our lab, students compared the masses of different objects using triple beam balances.
Activity and Test Prep: Students did the Virtual Investigation on StemScopes for matter while I worked with a small group on how to approach multiple choice questions, then we switched.
Session 2: This time, I saw some improvement with the beginning questions, which is great!
We talked about how to determine each property of matter using common lab materials. Students had to use what they learned to predict and identify properties of rock candy. Then, I gave them a piece to eat in the hall take home. We worked on multiple choice questions after our lab.
Here are some photos of our Rock Candy Lab!
|Testing for Relative Density and Solubility|
|Determining Electrical Conductivity|
When we were done with the lab, the kiddos asked if they could maybe perhaps pretty please make rock candy the last week of tutoring. Why, yes, I think we can do that. 🙂