Unit 1: Properties of Matter

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Chemistry (6/8/2014)
Part 1 Properties of Matter
Part 2 Changes in Matter

Part 1: Properties of Matter?
Guiding question: How can we understand about things we cannot see?

Task 1: Save a copy of your Unit Objectives -This is what you will learn by the end of the unit. This is also your end of unit test check list.

Task 2: Review: What is an Atom?  Bill Nye explains about Atoms 

Task 3: Using this work sheet to guide you, use this online program build an atom to learn about subatomic particles!

Task 4: What is an element? Watch this introduction on How are the elements organised
Task 5: Watch this BrainPop, Username: graded2 Password: graded
take the graded quiz and email results to me tracey.smith@graded.br
Homework: Where did the elements come from? NASA explains how we are all made from star dust. Watch the video and see if can explain what Carl Sagan meant by the quote below.

Lesson 2: Introducing the Periodic Table (8/8/2014)
Guiding question: Why are patterns helpful?
Homework review: Why did Carl Sagan say "we are made of star stuff?
Mendeleev is considered to be the father of the periodic table.
You are going to receive a paper copy of this Periodic table 
Task 1: To understand what all the information in each element square work through Periodic Table Basics (already in your science folder in your Google drive).
Follow the steps. For Step 2&3, determining  the number if Protons, Electrons and Neutrons, and drawing Bohr models watch this video tutorial.
For Step 4 Watch this video tutorial on how to draw a Lewis dot model,

Lesson 3: The Periodic Table (12/8/2014)
Guiding question: Why are models helpful?
Continue with the Periodic table basics. Answering the questions.
We are going to focus on the final understanding of how the periodic table it organised.
Extension Activity: Try this scavenger hunt!
Homework: Using this video called  "A tour of the Periodic table" color and label the different groups in your periodic table, creating a key. An example of two groups with their key is shown below:

Lesson 4 (14/8/2014)
Guiding question: Why do atoms combine?
Homework review: Periodic Table groups.
Mini lecture: (Aural & Language learners here is your time!)
We will learn to answer the following questions:
  • What is the coloration between the number of valence electrons and whether the atom gains or looses an electron?
  • Why an elements ability to join with other element depends upon the number of valance electrons it has?
  • How can element an be more reactive as you increase the number of shells
We will collectively take notes (Digital Learning Farm): Use this form after you have been assigned a role to collect class notes.

Class interactive demo: Can you steal my electron? (Kinesthetic & Visual Learners you will like this)

Class Activity: Can you build Bohr models? (Kinesthetic & Visual again!)
Making Bohr models from mini marshmallows 

Homework: Next class the will be a short formative assessment (quiz) on the structure of the atom and an element place in the periodic table according to its electron number.

Lesson 5: (18/8/2014)
Guiding question: How can we have millions of difference compounds when there are only 118 elements?
Quiz: How can we have millions of difference compounds when there are only 118 elements?
Introductions to building Atoms, Molecules, Compounds & Mixtures 
Reviewing the particle model of matter for Solids, Liquids and Gases
Also introducing your first awesomeness assessment: Element Dating
How to give your element a personality, lets check out Oxygen

Homework: Choose 3 elements that you would be interested in researching for your project & Watch this video!

Lesson 6: Build a Molecule! (20/8/2014)
Guiding question: How can technology help us understand what the eye cannot see?
Task 1: The pre-lab
Task 2: Click for the Build a Molecule Lab simulation and click here for the activity document. The simulation will only run if you have JAVA installed.
Finished? Do the post lab 
Exit activity: On a Post-it not complete the sentence:
"I used to think... but now I know..."

Lesson 7: Element research! (22/8/2014)
Guiding question: How do readers construct meaning from text? 
We are heading to the library for some awesome research skills training and an opportunity to use the library resources for your element dating project.
Homework: 20 mins of research on your element

Lesson 8: The wonderful skill of Citations! (26/8/2014)
Guiding question: Why do we need to evaluate what we read? 
Back to the library for more research skills training, this time on how to cite your work. These are skills that you need for all your life! We will be getting to grips with using Noodle tools 
Other useful links for searching information about your element:
Web Elements - Clickable Periodic Table
Periodic Table Videos - As above but video instead
Sweet Search - A search engine for students wanting reliable resources 
Homework: 20 mins of research on your element

MAP TESTING: 28th & 29th August

Lesson 9: Element dating project (1/9/2014)
Guiding question:How can I show my teacher I thoroughly understand in an original and insightful way?
Homework: 20 mins of work on your element project & bring any resources you have you may wish to use for model making.

Lesson 10: Element dating project (3/9/2014)
Guiding question: Why are models helpful?
Model making!
Homework: 20 mins of work on your element project

Lesson 11 & 12: Peer Evaluation of Element dating profile (5/9/2014)
Guiding question:How can evaluation and reflection be used to improve writing?
Homework: 20 mins of work on editing your element project

1. Get into groups of three. There must be at least one member of the opposite sex in your group, and someone you have not sat next to so far this year. 
2. Using the rubric you will assess two peers work. 
3. Take turns presenting your projecting to your mini group, and allow time for others to give feedback. 
4. At the end read all your feedback, and act upon it. 
5. At the end of class, your rubric will be collected (make sure your name is on it) and email me your dating profile or a link to view it, for more formative feedback. 

Feedback Rules
Evaluating and giving feedback is a super important skill for life. Let's practice! When we evaluate somebodies work, we first read the rubric and identify requirements in the assignment. 
  • First use the element check list, check off when you see the relevant piece of information. 
  • then assess to what depth (level) you think the person has answered each step on the rubric. Circle the number level. 
  • write some feedback IN PENCIL
1. state something you like about there work
2. some areas for improvement 
3. any suggestions you have
4. end on a positive statement

Lesson 13: Project Evaluation & Blog post 26/9/14
Guiding question:How can evaluation and reflection be used to improve future learning and core values?

Now you have your feedback, we are going to evaluate how you feel you did during the Element dating summative assignment. This will form part of your first science blog post. 

Task 1: First collect evidence of your project you can  attach the link to your project or insert a photograph of your model, however you would like!

Task 2: Answer the following questions
1. What did you do well?
2. What did you feel like you could have done better?
3. If you were do start this project (or similar one) again what would you do differently?
4. Was the feedback from your peers helpful in improving your project? 
5. What core value do you feel that you demonstrated during this project?
6. Which core value do you feel that you could have done better on?

Tag your reflection with the following labels: Core Values (that you chose) SLC, Science, 8th Grade

Task 3: Choose a partner not sitting at the same table as you. Read your peers blog post and comment on it.
Idea's for comments....
- ask them a question that furthers there thinking
- respond to a comment they have made
- if you know there project give them some feed back on that too
- comment on there core value, maybe suggest one that they could work on.

Task 4: Using the test objective sheets and the digital farm notes (in your email) start making review notes for your test on Thursday 2nd Oct (block 1 &3) and Friday 3rd Oct (block 6,7&8)

Lesson 14: What goes in must come out!

Task 1: Lab time! What is the law of conservation of mass?

Task 2: For this discovery of the "law of conservation of mass" credit Antoine Lavoisier  A french-man (1743 -1794), a tax man, an aristocratic, the father of modern chemistry, and a victim of the French revolution.
Achievements: Developed the law of conservation of mass, named the elements oxygen, hydrogen and developed the first list of the elements. Identified the importance of oxygen in combustion (burning) reactions. What a mad to be beheaded!

Lesson 15: Summary Lesson 24/09/14 - Digital Learning Farm - Elements & The Periodic Table
Save a copy of this doc - share is with your farm group, and assign the farm role
Person A - Note taker
Person B - Link & data finder
Person C - Diagram finder (quality not quantity)
Person D - Links to essential question

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