Learning Experience 1: Mass, Volume, and Density

TEACHER’S GUIDE

Materials:

For the class:

Chart paper

Felt tip markers

Notebooks

Folders

Preparation:

Read background information on mass, volume and density. Each student should obtain a notebook and a folder with pockets to hold the activity sheets for this unit. Create a KWHL chart to post in the classroom.

Basic Skills Development:

Discussing

Brainstorming

Evaluation Strategy: Students will use their background knowledge to communicate their understanding of mass, volume, and density of various objects.

Vocabulary:

mass

density

volume

Objective: Students will use their background knowledge to describe their understanding of mass, volume, and density.

What do we know about mass, volume and density?

Using the KWHL Strategy, students will explore their understandings of mass, volume, and density and then expand on it throughout the unit. Brainstorm what students already know about mass, volume, and density. Ask students to brainstorm words or ideas that come to mind when they think about the density, mass, volume of various objects. Record their ideas on a class size K-W-H-L chart. Ask students what they would like to know more about concerning mass, density, and volume and record their ideas under the “want to know” column. Ask students to describe “how they might find out” answers to the questions they have. After the hands-on activities, maintaining journals, and discussion, students should then record information into the “what we learned and still want to learn” column. This process can be done in cooperative groups where students gather information in small groups then share their ideas with the class.

KWHL Strategy

What do we know about mass, volume or density?

What we know
What we want to know
How are we going to find out
What we learned and still want to learn


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