Properties of Matter - Briarhill MS_Grade 6 Lesson

Lesson Focus - Conductivity

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Introduction to Properties of Matter:
(ii) Elements are classified as metals, nonmetals, and metalloids based on their physical properties. The elements are divided into three groups on the Periodic Table. Each different substance usually has a different density, so density can be used as an identifying property. Therefore, calculating density aids classification of substances.

(6) Matter and energy. The student knows matter has physical properties that can be used for classification. The student is expected to:
(A) compare metals, non-metals, and metalloids using physical properties such as luster, conductivity, or malleability;

Essential Question:Students will understand the classification of elements as metals, non-metals and metalloids.

  • LISD curriculum lesson in Eduphoria - sort  photographs of metals, non-metals, and metalloids into the appropriate categories.

Transformation of Lesson using MakeyMakey

Before the Lesson

  1. Watch this Video - https://vimeo.com/60307041 - Watch video to learn to use the MakeyMakey. 
  2. Students will bring "conductive" items from home to test their hypothesis to see they are indeed conductive.
  3. Teacher will divide the kids into 7 collaborative groups for this inquiry based unit launch.
  4. Teacher will supply a periodic table to each team and colored pencils.

Lesson - 

  1. After you have watched the video, collaborate with your team to categorize the items you brought into conductive and non-conductive groups. (Guess, then check in step 2)
  2. With the MakeMakey test your hypothesis. To connect the MakeyMakey go to: http://makeymakey.com/howto.php. Choose one of the activities on the page.
  3. If it is conductive research on the web to determine what element creates the conductivity.
  4. Color the period table to reflect if the item is a metal, non-metal or metalloid.
    1. metal = yellow
    2. non-metal =orange
    3. metalloid = We will learn about this in another lesson.
  5. Elements are placed on the Periodic Table in a set pattern. Was the design arbitrary or planned based on the properties of the elements.
  6. Each individual student will write their hypothesis about how the table was planned that you discussed in your group. If you were designing the table today,  write how you would have organized the table differently based on the properties of the elements. After your reflection draw your periodic table.