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Inquiry Labs on the Properties of Water

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


 

Summary:
Students will create 2 simple labs to investigate either cohesion, adhesion, capillary action, dissolving properties or heat capacity. They will also learn about independent and dependent variables.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 2 Objective 1

Describe the fundamental chemistry of living cells.

Materials:

  • student sheet, lab 1 (attached)
  • student sheet, lab 2 (attached)
  • soap
  • pennies
  • pipettes
  • petrie dishes
  • alcohol
  • water
  • capillary tubes
  • pepper corns
  • needles
  • food coloring
  • filter paper
  • overhead markers
  • alcohol burners
  • beakers
  • spoons
  • vinegar
  • oil
  • any other supplies you can think of that may help them design their experiments

Attachments

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should have a basic understanding of the properties of water.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Pass out student sheet
  2. Have students design their first experiment (title through procedures)
  3. Groups should write their hypothesis on the overhead so that no experiments overlap
  4. Note: these labs do not need to be complicated, I stress to them the importance of the scientific method, repeating experiments enough times, choosing one variable. . .etc
  5. Allow students to complete first lab
  6. Repeat the same steps for the second lab the next day.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring Guide:

Students included all factors.......................10 pts
Students listed populations........................15 pts
Paragraphs are well thought out and complete...............20 pts
Picture of ecosystem is neat and colorful..........10 pts
Student participated........................10 pts

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 17 2014 11:03 AM

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