In this unit about states of matter, learners help Mosa clear her name after a court of birds accuses humans of messing with the level of their local lake. Through this video mystery as well as a hands-on modeling activity, learners will discover that gases, liquids, and solids all consist of particles that behave differently in different states. After learners explore these properties in a lab setting, they will use their knowledge of states of matter to design a solution to a critical problem in the city of Particleville.
Solve: Learners help Mosa solve the mystery of why the lake changes levels throughout the year. Utilizing new vocabulary and guided video questions, learners eventually discover that even though a substance may be made up of the same atoms, it has different properties in solid, liquid, and gas form. (80 minutes)
Make: Learners explore the different states of matter through a series of lab stations, making observations and coming to conclusions about what their observations mean for particle motion in different states. (100 minutes)
Engineer: The city of Particleville is having some problems: excessive potholes, a desperate demand for fresh water, and a tired balloon artist who needs help blowing up all his balloons! Building off what they learned in the “Make” and the “Solve,” learners design a solution to one of Particleville’s problems. (150 minutes)