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What's Matter?
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This lesson introduces students to many of the basic properties of matter including atoms, ions, elements, molecules, and density. The class explores an interactive flash-animated Web site to answer questions and clarify some misconceptions they might have had about matter. In groups, students concentrate on different aspects of the inquiry. Each group also participates in an online experiment in a section called "Do-It-Yourself."

Pi Picture Grade Level:

6-8

Subject Matter:

Science, Mathematics

Curricular Uses:

Chemistry, Physical Science

Learning Objectives



Students will be able to:

  •   Learn that atoms are all around us.
  •   Learn what an atom is.
  •   Learn the differences between atoms, ions, elements, and molecules.
  •   Learn the four states of matter.
  •   Learn what density is and why some things float and others do not


    Use of Internet: Students will use the Internet to conduct Web research and to publish their original work.

    This lesson was developed by wNetSchool Master Teacher Betty Paulsell.



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