(For lessons and resources on finding volume using water displacement, please see my earlier blog entry)

3. Common Core Worksheet – link
5. Super Teachers Worksheet – practice problems (pdf)
6. Science Starters/Warm Ups/Do Nows: (Graduated Cylinder ppt), (Beaker/Erlenmeyer ppt)

Tips:

• The graduated cylinder has markings, like a ruler, to measure volume for water and other liquids
• I like to use food coloring and water for the students to practice their measurements, it makes it easier for them to read the values, plus it adds some pizzazz to the lab.
• I mostly use either blue or green food coloring, the red can stain, yellow is not dark enough.
• Place all materials on a lunch tray for each group to contain spills and make for a very easy clean up.
• Glass graduated cylinders can break if knocked over, plastic is more durable but can be harder to read.
• Have students explore how to use read and use graduated cylinders:
• Students can explore handling and pouring water into the graduated cylinders and reading the values.
• Once they have mastered pouring and reading, they can practice measuring specific volumes such as 10 mL, 20 mL, 42 mL, 58 mL, etc into the graduated cylinder.
• You can also set up stations with pre-measured graduated cylinders and have them practice reading the volumes.
• Have cylinders of different sizes and increments to make it more challenging.
• You can place task cards/answer keys at each station so students can self check once they have made their readings for immediate feedback.

## Making Molecular Models Activity

Materials:

• Molecular Model Kits – 1 kit per group of 4 students
• Student Handout – updated for 2015 (pdf)
• Formula cards (pdf) – print, cut apart, laminate
• 1 set per group of 4 students
• colored pencils
• periodic table

Procedure:

For this activity, students will practice reading formulas, counting atoms, building molecules, and identifying bond types. This activity can be used in several different ways.

Stations

Different stations can be set up around the classroom with 2-4 formulas per stations. Each station will have enough supplies to create the models indicated. Students will complete one station at a time, have their work spot checked for completion, and then proceed to an open station. Making duplicate stations helps prevent bottle necking at the stations that take longer to complete.

You can either do timed rotations or have students move freely when they are done. Some stations will be more difficult than others and extra time will be needed for students to complete those models. I like to have several “Make your Own” stations around the room to facilitate movement and give the students more time to explore model making.

Lab groups

Instead of stations, each lab group will have a complete set of formula cards and a molecular model kit. 4 students will share the materials and students can work with a partner or individually. The models can be completed in any order, this helps free up the materials so that not all students are waiting to use the Carbon or Sodium atoms.

Matching Game

If there are students who finish early, they can check their answers by matching the model images with the formulas using the answer cards (see below). Or they can create games with a partner using the cards.

Samples of Formula Cards and Answers

Free Task Card Templates provided by: Rebecca Bishop at TPT (link) ~ thank you!

• Some of the molecules have both Ionic and Covalent bonds and are indicated on the cards
• One molecule has a double bond – CO2
• One molecule has a triple bond – N2
• Metals are: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium
• Non-Metals are: Hydrogen, Chlorine, Oxygen, Carbon, Nitrogen

Be sure to see my Chemistry page (link) for more lessons related to atoms and bonding.

## “I am a Scientist” – Social Media

September 2016 – Social Media Platforms Edition

Oct. 2015 – Instagram Edition

Resources:

• What does a scientist look like?
• ppt slides (free ppt) or (Google Slide) –
• please do not request editing access, that will alter my copy of the slides
• “I am a Scientist” directions (pdf)
• Free Instagram template located on TPT @ “Fun’s Not Just for Elementary” (link)
• Fun scientist puzzles @ ScienceSpot.net (link)

My 6th graders did a really nice job and had a lot of fun creating their Scientist Instagrams. Each student picked a field of science that they were interested in and imagined themselves in those roles. The students also enjoyed seeing each other’s drawings and tapped on the bulletin board to like the images 🙂

July 2015

Each year, as part of my “Becoming a Scientist” Unit, I ask the students to envision themselves in their favorite field of science. What would they like to do? Where would they be located? What tools would they use? What would they wear? What would they be working on?

I thought it would be fun to have their drawings be Instagram snapshots depicting themselves as scientists in their field of choice. One other option is they can draw scientist selfies using a cell phone template (free downloads @ link)