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Utah Science

Curriculum Consortium

Tyson Grover 

tgrover@dsdmail.net

Annette Nielson

afonnesbeck@dsdmail.net

Storyline Narrative 8.1.1
Storyline Narrative 8.1.1

You found the secret message! Huzzah!

Episode 1

Question

Is matter made up of particles?

Snapshot

Students participate in a simple experiment with tape that involves the transfer of electrons. They will analyze their results and state what was proved.

You found the secret message! Huzzah!

 

Episodes

1: Phenomenon: For the phenomenon students will be provide with two grainy substances that they will observe, identify properties and ask questions.  

 

2: In this episode, students will gather obtain, evaluate and communicate information from data about four mystery liquids: water, clear soap, alcohol and vinegar. The students will be unaware of what these substances are. They will form conclusions based on the properties of the substances not on what they actually are.  They will discuss the possible functions of the substance in society.

 

3: Students will be involved in a modeling activity using stick figure “aliens” that will help them obtain the information that the periodic table of the elements is set up based on the properties of the matter and that the atoms structure affects its properties.

 

4: Students will get a basic understanding that the periodic table is grouped based on properties of the substances. They will be obtaining and communicating information by doing minor research on a group/family of the periodic table then sharing the information they researched with the rest of their study group.  

 

5. Students will look at objects and determine why the substances properties helped to determine that they could be used for that purpose.  Students will then obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about an object of their choice.  They will identify what the object is made of and what properties those substances have that make it useful for this function.

Possible assessments

1. Develop an imaginary new product that has multiple uses. Tell about its properties and what purpose those properties play in the usefulness of your product.

Storyline Narrative 8.1.2

Episode 1

Question

How do the properties of substances make it useful in different ways?

Snapshot

Students will be working with two grainy substances to evaluate how their properties affect how they behave in unique ways with water.

Conceptual Understandings

Substances can behave in opposite ways. This makes their usefulness very different from each other.

Why do substances behave differently?

What products could they be used in due to their different properties?

 

Conceptual Understandings

Substances can look similar but have very different properties.

What makes these substances behave the way they do?

Where would these substances be useful according to their properties?

Snapshot

Students will obtain information from different tests with multiple clear liquids to see if they can identify the liquids

Episode 2

Question

Can substances be identified according to their properties?

 

Episode 3

Question

Can the structure of the substance determine its properties?

Snapshot

Students will be involved in an analogous activity that will help them understand  and communicate that the periodic table of the elements is set up by the properties of the matter.

Conceptual Understandings

Substances behave the way they do because of the structure of the matter of that substance.

Are substances always chosen for products based upon their properties?

 

Episode 4

Question

Do different elements have similar properties?

Snapshot

Students will obtain and evaluate information about 4 of the main groups in the periodic table.  They will be researching what properties the elements in that group share.

Conceptual Understandings

Different substances have similar properties and it relates to their structure

How are substances with specific properties used to make useful products?

 

Conceptual Understandings

The property of a substance determines what products it will be used in.

Assessment: Develop their own imaginary new product that will be useful in society.

Snapshot

Students will evaluate common objects and evaluate how their properties are useful in the object to be used for particular functions.

Episode 5

Question

What makes certain properties useful in products?