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We will try to address all California Fifth Grade Physical Science Standards in the workshop or on the lab tour during this field trip.  

Classroom pre-activities

Have students define the terms “structures” and “matter” as they relate to science.

Students should then list kinds of matter found in the classroom.   They should share and compare their lists with other students. 

Use different terms to talk about properties of matter e.g., soft, heavy, size, liquid, red, invisible, flammable, etc.

Introduce the terms “element” and “atom”
An element is a substance that cannot be divided into other substances.
An atom is the smallest part of an element that still has the properties of that element.

Please emphasize the importance of science classroom safety:

Field trip checklist 

Classroom post-activities

Have students revisit their list of matter found in the classroom.  They should determine if any elements were on their list.   Talk about the elements that were experimented with in the workshop – iron, aluminum, copper, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen.   Find the symbol for these on the Periodic Table.

Possible Assessments

QUIZ Pre-, post-, or both

1. Which substance is not an element?

  1. Copper
  2. Aluminum
  3. Water
  4. Oxygen

2. Which substance is not a gas?

  1. Helium
  2. Neon
  3. Oxygen
  4. Carbon

3. Which substance is not a good conductor of electricity?

  1. Wood
  2. Steel
  3. Aluminum
  4. Carbon

4. What happens to most substances when cooled?

  1. They get smaller
  2. They get bigger
  3. Nothing
  4. They become a gas

5. Carbon dioxide will put out a fire because:

  1. It takes away fuel
  2. It takes away oxygen
  3. It reduces the temperature
  4. It is not an element

6. An air inflated balloon put into extremely cold liquid nitrogen causes:

  1. The air to escape
  2. Liquid nitrogen to go into the balloon
  3. Air to become a liquid
  4. The balloon to expand

7. Dry ice is solid form of:

  1. Carbon
  2. Oxygen
  3. Carbon dioxide
  4. Water

8. Most metals are:

  1. Good heat conductors
  2. Good electrical conductors
  3. Solid
  4. All of the above


answers 1.c, 2.d, 3.a, 4.a, 5.b, 6.c, 7.c, 8.d 


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