This resource accompanies our Rethink 6th Grade Science course. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning.
This resource is a lesson plan in which a balloon covered flask with water is heated. Changes are recorded. There will be changes in the states of matter and a volume change while the total mass stays the same.
This resource is a lesson plan in which, using a bottle and a hard boiled egg, students will see that air exerts pressure. They will analyze evidence about particles of matter and demonstrate the role of motion in the particulate description of matter.
Students will physically experience the molecular proximity of solids, liquids and gases. This activity addresses several misconceptions including that temperature determines states of matter and that gases contain fewer molecules than do liquids or solids.
This app for iPad devices is a fully interactive atomistic simulation that shows the motions of atoms as they attract, repel, and collide with one another. With the tap or swipe of a finger, students can add, delete, or highlight molecules, as well as increase/decrease temperature, pressure, or volume and explore the states of matter. An associated simulation, Salts, allows students to manipulate atoms and ions to join to form crystals.
This resource is an animation that accompanies the lesson plan, "Changing State - Condensation."
This resource is an image of the water cylce that accompanies the lesson plan, "Changing State - Condensation."
Students will be able to identify and control variables to design a test to see if heating water affects the rate of evaporation. Students will be able to explain, on the molecular level, why adding energy increases the rate of evaporation.
This resource is an animation that accompanies the lesson plan, "Changing State - Evaporation."