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States of Matter Project Based Learning

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Anna Winkley

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of States of Matter Project Based Learning

Cooperative Learning Rubric
Part 3
• After all groups have presented the students will then be split into new groups with an expert on each state of matter. In this new group they will be creating a childrens book on the states of matter.
• The goal of their book it that the entire story is related to the assigned topic and allows the reader to understand much more about the states of matter.

Children Book Rubric
Essential Question
How can the four states of matter (solid, liquid, gas and plasma) be explained in a children’s book?
Part 1
• Administer the States of Matter Pre-test
• Split the students into four groups solid, liquid, gas, and plasma
• In the groups students create thinking maps as they research and learn about their assigned state of matter. They will be in charge of discovering the particular arrangement, movement, energy, density, volumes, and shapes of their state.
• In their groups they will also have to think of a way to make their state of matter change through an experiment and eventually present this to the class.


Science: Types of Matter - The student recognizes and describes the differences between solids, liquids, and gases.

Common Core Reading: Literacy Standards: Key Ideas and Details (1-2)
1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

States of Matter Project Based Learning
This project is split into four different parts and includes a pre-test and post test. The students will work in two different cooperative learning groups through out the project.

While creating the project we used the Marzano's Nine Instructional Strategies to help us plan. This allowed us to have the end in mind, and plan the project with what would be most effective.
Part 2
• Once each group has completed their research they will become the teachers and teach the rest of the class about their state of matter and show their demonstration of their state of matter changing.
• As the groups teach the other students will be filling in a thinking map and gathering the important information.

Part Four
• The students will be assessed through a formal assessment that is the same as the pre-test.
• The students will complete a reflection including what they learned about the four states of matter, what they would have done differently or changed about their book, and what went really well.
• They will present their states of matter books to a small group of 1st graders.
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