Material World Unit Plan

This Chemical Sciences unit investigates natural and processed materials. Demonstrations and experimental procedures are explored with particular attention given to the scientific method.

It consists of 9 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

A knowledge check for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Living in the Material World - Examining Natural and Processed Materials

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will examine and understand the differences between natural and processed materials and their uses.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Natural Science - How Do People Use Natural Materials?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the use of natural materials by humans throughout history.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Plastic and Concrete - How Do People Use Processed Materials?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the ways humans produce and use processed materials.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Fake Plastic Trees - A Demonstration Comparing Properties of Natural and Processed Materials

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare the properties of natural and processed materials through a demonstration.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Freedom of Choice - Developing Scientific Lines of Questioning

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn how to develop scientific lines of questioning to initiate a scientific investigation.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

What's the Use? - Developing a Hypothesis to Investigate

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn how to develop an effective hypothesis for scientific investigations.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Science Experiment - Suck It Up!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate materials and their absorptive properties through a scientific investigation.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Now I Understand - Building a Solid Conclusion for an Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn how to build solid scientific conclusions for experiments.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

And Further On - Research Into the Environmental Impact of Certain Materials

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will be introduced to a research task for them to undertake about a material of their choosing.

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Lesson 10 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Working Scientifically Knowledge Check

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how to work scientifically.

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