Students will identify materials based on their properties!
Lab 1: Mystery powders
Lab 2: Is it water-soluble?
Lab 3: Planning an Investigation
Lab 4: Does Weight of Matter Change?
Here is a fun activity to go with 5th grade standards. From the Disciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its Interactions and Properties of Matter
Standard 5.2.4 Use mathematics and computational thinking to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling or combining substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples could include melting an ice cube, dissolving salt in water, and combining baking soda and vinegar in a closed bag. (PS1.A, PS1.B)
Because we are dealing with 5th graders and mystery substances, this is a good time to review lab safety.
- Do not ingest anything.
- Do not inhale directly, instead, waft the scent to you and inhale only a tiny sniff.
- Wear goggles.
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