Learners will begin by solving the mystery of the non-browning ‘sugar’. In the video mystery as well as a hands-on modeling activity, learners will discover that everything in our world is composed of small atoms, which, when bonded together, create unique structures with unique properties. Learners then select their own element, explore its properties, and design a prototype to be made from this material.
Chef Crystal’s is feeling the heat! Learners help Mosa solve the mystery of why award-winning Chef Crystal’s cooking has suddenly gone sour. Utilizing new vocabulary and guided video questions, learners discover that substances that may look the same to the human eye can have very significant chemical and physical differences (80 minutes).
Learners engage in the hands-on modeling activity of showing different atomic combinations, leading to different molecular properties (150 minutes)
Building off the “Make,” learners pick an element or compound, explore its chemical and physical properties, and design a prototype for a product to be made from this material (150 minutes).
Next Generations Science Standards
- Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
Science & Engineering Practices
- Developing and Using Models
Disciplinary Core Ideas
- Structure and Properties of Matter
Cross Cutting Concepts
- Scale, Proportion and Quantity
- Each lesson in the unit has an Inquiry Scale that provides directions on how to implement the lesson at the level that works best for you and your students.
- “Level 1” is the most teacher-driven, and recommended for students in 4th-5th grades. “Level 4” is the most student-driven, and recommended for students in 7th-8th grades.
- For differentiation within the same grade or class, use different inquiry levels for different groups of students who may require additional support or an extra challenge.
- Learners will often use the terms “atom” and “molecule” interchangeable, so emphasize the difference both in the video and the vocabulary map before proceeding to “The Make”.
- Hans C. von Baeyer
Chancellor Professor of Physics, Emeritus College of William and Mary
- Powerpoints for Make and Design
- Vocabulary Cards
- Vocabulary Mind Map
- Solve Student Handout
- Make Student Handout
- Design Student Handout
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- Carbon Based LifeIn this article, students read about why carbon-based life forms are all around us. They read about the strong bonds that carbon forms with other atoms and the backbone that carbon forms to create many thing that we depend on to live.
- Opposites AttractIn this article, students read about the basics of what makes up an ionic bond. The article starts out with a simple description of electrons and follows by describing cations and anions before connecting the concepts as an ionic bond.
- Atom + Atom = ?The tiny parts that make up the universe are constantly breaking and reconnecting. This article explains to students that atoms can combine into the compounds and molecules that make up everything in the universe.
- Drawing an AtomThe concept of drawing things that are too small to see is tough! This article explains that protons and neutrons are located in the nucleus and electrons move around outside the center of the atom.
- If You Were Made of LEGOsStudents should already know that we aren't all made up of LEGOs, but this article should help them understand that we're all made of matter, we all have mass and that mass is made up of tiny parts called atoms.
- Carbon Atoms are Great Dance PartnersIn this article, students learn about what makes carbon so special and why it easily bonds with all kind of different molecules. Through as analogy comparing them to dance partners, the basic ideas behind covalent bonds and electron sharing are explained.