Essential Question: Why do we need to study matter?
To activate and assess prior knowledge, the students will divide into pairs to create an ABC brainstorm digital booklet using scientific terms that are associated with matter. The teacher will assign each pair of students their own letter(s) of the alphabet. They may use terms describing the structure, properties, organization, trends, and nomenclature. Depending on the desired outcome of the lesson, the teacher can guide students by giving limitations on topics that the students can use. For example, the teacher could limit the ABC brainstorm to intrinsic and extrinsic properties of matter or atomic structure and chemical bonding. Because an ABC brainstorm includes words that start with each letter of the alphabet, keeping the topic broad may give a teacher more of an idea of how much their students really know about matter and elicit a faster response from each pair of students. A class ABC brainstorm will be created using the alphabet organizer to compile each student's contribution to the activity. After entering the word and picture for their assigned letter, the students will briefly present and justify their ideas to the class. During presentations, the students should take notes that they can later use after during activity of the lesson to answer the essential question and describe why matter matters.
**Since the alphabet organizer tool requires Flash Player, it will not play on a Chromebook. The teacher can use a laptop to connect to an interactive board or projection screen and have the students input their work into the tool there for the presentation.