Matter for Teachers of Grades 6-8
This comprehensive professional development course for grades 6–8 science teachers provides all the necessary ingredients for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, inquiry, and literacy.
Session 1: Properties of Matter
Our world is made of matter — every object we touch, the air we breathe, and the blood that runs through our veins. But what does it really mean to be made of matter? This session seeks to answer that question by looking closely at the various properties we use to classify matter.
Session 2: Particles of Matter
The diversity of matter on Earth is astounding, but miraculously, it's not that different at a molecular level. This session explores the similarities and differences of the matter that makes up our world, and explores the nature of matter as a whole through kinetic theory, states of matter, and the various ways in which matter can combine to form new substances, compounds and mixtures.
Session 3: Changes in Matter
Our world is not static. The matter around us is constantly changing — from simple changes like liquid water freezing, to more complex changes like vinegar reacting with baking soda in a model volcano. This session takes a systematic approach to examining the physical and chemical changes that are constantly happening around us.
Session 4: Atomic Structure
If matter is made of particles, then what are those particles made out of? Throughout history, people have explored the nature of matter in an effort to better understand what it really is and why it behaves as it does. Such quests have led to a host of models of an atomic world with fascinating and unseen subatomic particles. This session explores atomic structure through various models and looks at the ways in which atoms themselves can change.
Session 5: Matter in Action
From micro to macro, our world is a never-ending series of interactions. It is human nature to ask questions in order to better understand and explain why things work the way they do. From exploring the complexities of sinking and floating, to taking a closer look at a variety of real-life phenomena, this session applies the principles learned throughout the course to explain and demonstrate the practical, real-world applications of this combined knowledge.
MATTER COURSE OVERVIEW (PDF)
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