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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Density, and addresses standards about identifying properties of matter and understanding density as it relates to mass and volume. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Model of density for the class:

• Add water to a glass container
• Add vegetable oil, honey, and more water to the container

• I’ve put oil, honey, and water into this container with water. Which is at the top? Middle? Bottom?
• Why are they separate? What don’t they mix?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Assign the Density Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about density while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the fo

• Make-a-Movie: Make a movie that demonstrates how the density of an object changes when its temperature changes.
• Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying various cause and effect relationships as they are associated with density.
• Creative Coding: Code a comic that chronicles an atom’s response to the temperature of the substance changing.

More to Explore

Matter Sorter: Sort falling objects based on their state of matter in this game.

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of matter with these topics: States of Matter, Measuring Matter, and Property Changes

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12, BrainPOP, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3