SEEd - Grade 6
Strand 6.2: ENERGY AFFECTS MATTER
Matter and energy are fundamental components of the universe. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. Transfer of energy creates change in matter. Changes between general states of matter can occur through the transfer of energy. Density describes how closely matter is packed together. Substances with a higher density have more matter in a given space than substances with a lower density. Changes in heat energy can alter the density of a material. Insulators resist the transfer of heat energy, while conductors easily transfer heat energy. These differences in energy flow can be used to design products to meet the needs of society.
This activity gives students practice using vocabulary words by matching them to definitions, pictures and examples. The students will create their own definitions, pictures and examples for other words.
A Matter of Words
This activity gives students practice using vocabulary words by creating matching definitions, finding pictures and providing examples on index cards or the computer for other students to match.
Atoms Knowledge Check Background Activity
Students will use a "knowledge check" table to analyze their background knowledge about atoms.
Does Coke Float?
The students will predict if these items will float or sink. Coke, Diet Coke, and Diet Caffeine Coke.
Floating and Sinking Potatoes
The teacher puts pieces of potatoes in water and salt water. The students predict what is going to happen and try to name what makes this happen.
How Can You Make an Egg Float?
Students at home will discover how much salt it will take to make a hard boiled egg float.
Matter is Made of Particles
Students will observe as the teacher performs a variety of chemical and/or physical reactions. The teacher will guide a discussion that reinforces the concepts that atoms and molecules are too small to see but that we know about them through their behavior.
Measuring Liquid Volume
This activity will allow students to practice measuring liquid volume with a graduated cylinder in a way that is both engaging and educational.
Measuring Mass and Volume
Students will learn to measure mass and volume of common objects.
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