Material World Unit Plan

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Material World Unit Plan

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9 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 4

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To examine and understand the differences between natural and processed materials and their uses.
  • To investigate the use of natural materials by humans throughout history.
  • To investigate the ways in which humans produce and use processed materials.
  • To compare the properties of natural and processed materials through a demonstration.
  • To understand how to develop scientific lines of questioning to initiate a scientific investigation.
  • To understand how to develop an effective hypothesis for scientific investigations.
  • To investigate materials and their absorptive properties through a scientific investigation.
  • To learn how to build solid scientific conclusions for experiments.
  • To introduce a research task for the students to undertake about a material of their choosing.

This Science unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a classroom display which focuses on natural and processed materials. Display word wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Material World collection on the Teach Starter website.

Many of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

For some of the lessons in this unit, students explore materials at various stations. Additional adult supervision at some of these stations would be beneficial.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Living in the Material World - Examining Natural and Processed Materials

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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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Natural Science - How Do People Use Natural Materials?

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Plastic and Concrete - How Do People Use Processed Materials?

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

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

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Freedom of Choice - Developing Scientific Lines of Questioning

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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60 minutes
Lesson 6

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

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Science Experiment - Suck It Up!

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Now I Understand - Building a Solid Conclusion for an Experiment

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

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

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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60 minutes
Lesson 10 (Assessment)

Working Scientifically Knowledge Check

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

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