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Learning Activities (6) Building blocks of a lesson plan that include before, during, and after strategies to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill. Classroom Resources (1)


ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: The Difference Between Physical and Chemical Properties
Description:

In this activity, the students will activate prior knowledge using ABC brainstorming changes in matter.  students will use Readworks "Mix the Old With the New” to learn about chemical properties.  The students will read an article and answer questions about chemical properties.  Finally, students will construct a summary paragraph from what they learned. 

 This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: What Just Happened?
Description:

This learning activity should be used during a lesson on chemical and physical reactions. The students will observe and analyze the characteristic properties of vinegar and baking soda.  They will also conduct an experiment and determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Where's My Shine?
Description:

This learning activity should be used during a lesson on investigating chemical and physical changes.  The students will dissolve metal oxides formed on the surfaces of a penny into an ionic solution in order to investigate chemical and physical changes. This learning activity can be used as an assessment.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [ARTS] VISA (8) 10 :
10) Collaboratively discuss how a person's aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and how these influences impact the visual images that one creates.

Example: Discuss the influence of Japanese animation on drawing techniques and styles of American youth.

[ARTS] VISA (8) 5 :
5) Plan select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear works of art using traditional and/or digital methods.

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Arts Education (8), Science (8)
Title: Photo-Sensitive Chemical Reactions
Description:

In this activity, students collaborate to plan a piece of art which reflects personal and cultural significance. Students work together to produce a cyanotype silhouette print using light-sensitive chemicals. During the cyanotype process, students will trace the chemical reaction backwards to identify the activation energy and how energy transfers. Students then write an explanation of the selection process for each item in their group's artistic composition.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Chemical Changes Crash Course
Description:

The YouTube video uses a cake to demonstrate the changes it undergoes during a chemical reaction. The digital tool will be used as part of the core lesson in order to ensure the students can identify the characteristics of a chemical reaction.

This learning activity was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: The Wonderful World of Chemical Reactions
Description:

This video will show students some amazing chemical reactions that they might not see in the classroom.




ALEX Learning Activities: 6

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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 4 :
4 ) Design and conduct an experiment to determine changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added to or removed from a system.

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (5 - 8)
Title: The Transfer of Energy 3: Rust and Corrosion
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/the-transfer-of-energy-3/
Description:

This lesson is the third of a three-part series on energy transformation. All three lessons have the general purpose of increasing students' understanding of energy transfer, its role in chemical change, and the factors that can influence this change. This lesson reinforces students' understanding of thermochemistry and electrochemistry by exposure to a process that they observe in everyday life. Through a practical experiment, this lesson allows students to understand how energy transfers during the chemical changes that occur in the rust and corrosion process and the factors that can influence these changes.



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