As part of our Rocks Unit, I set up a stations lab where the students learn more about the three different types of rocks and research 4 of each kind. The kids work at their own pace and can look at the rocks in any order they want, as well as travel with a partner or small group of 3. For two class periods, the kids learn about each rock and ways to remember how to identify them. At each station, I have a rocks and minerals identification book to help with their research for each rock.
When they are done, they practice naming the rocks and categorizing them into igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic. I set up a couple of practice stations with index cards and have 12 samples at each station. The students have to place the correct rock onto the index card. Then they have to place the rocks into the three groups by sliding the index cards and rocks around. I leave this set up so that students can come in and practice identifying the rocks until our rocks test.
On the third day, we go over what we learned about each rock with a power point that I made up.
pg. 141 – Types of Rocks Power Point and notes
pg. 142 – Types of Rocks Power Point and notes
pg. 143 - Types of Rocks Power Point and notes
pg. 144 – BrainPOP Rocks – Graphic Organizer
pg. 145 – Rocks Vocabulary Cut ‘n Paste
pg. 146 – Color the Rock Cycle Notes & ppt
pg. 147 – Ride the Rock Cycle Activity, Comic to hand in
pg. 148 – Igneous Rocks, ppt
pg. 149 – Metamorphic Rocks, ppt
pg. 150 – Sedimentary Rocks, ppt
In the past few weeks, we learned about the periodic table, atoms, Bohr diagrams, Lewis structures, and bonding. The kids are really comfortable with using the periodic table and we’ve been having fun with it. Below is a list of teacher lead activities that we completed. We also enjoyed the Periodic Videos from our friends in England!
Today we set up and started our stations lab for building molecular models. I don’t have enough models for everyone to have their own set, so I broke it down and set up stations for the kids to build them. I also added some “make your own” for those pairs of students who are waiting for one of the other stations.
The kids will rotate through the stations making 3-4 molecules per station. For the Lewis Structures, I have the students try it, if not, they just draw the Lewis Structure for the individual atoms. For a 5th grader, drawing a Lewis structure for more than 2 atoms bonded together is a tough concept.
Below are some pics of how I set up the stations. I am using large 4×6 colored index cards for the stations. Glucose is a challenge station, each year I have one or two groups figure it out with only one or two clues from me. I don’t tell them its a ring structure, my clue is that it’s not a straight chain.
- pg. 84 – Color the Periodic Table Notes, PPT, and Periodic Table (kept in folder)
- pg. 85 – Read About it: BrainPOP- Mendeleev
- pg. 86 – Shells and Valence Electrons Study Guide Notes, PPT
- pg. 87 – Practice: Periods & Groups
- pg. 88 – Atoms Vocab pg. 1
- pg. 89 – Atoms Vocab pg. 2
- pg. 90 – How to Draw Bohr Diagrams: Notes, PPT,
- pg. 91 – Practice: Bohr Diagrams
- pg. 92 – Lewis Structure Notes Booklet/Foldable Pgs 1, 4 & pgs 2, 3, PowerPoint Lesson
- pg. 93 – Practice: Lewis Structures
- pg. 94 – Ionic and Covalent Bonding Notes, Smart Board File
- pg. 95 – Practice – Ionic or Covalent Bond?
- pg. 96 – 101 – Making Molecular Models, Models Answer Key PPT