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This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe the property of density. Students will engage in inquiry about why and how some objects (solids and liquids) display the property of density. Students will measure the mass of solids and liquids. Students will experiment with solids and liquids of different densities. Students will also calculate the density of solids and liquids using hand-held calculators. The science skills emphasized in Density are collecting data, manipulating, observing, and predicting. Accuracy of measurement is critical to the success of this unit. This kit has been divided into two sections and can be completed in several ways. For 4th graders, Learning Experiences 1 – 5 should be completed to meet the state standards. In 6th grade, students should review Learning Experiences 1 – 5 and continue on with Learning Experiences 6 – 8 in order to reach a better understanding of density. It is believed that by 6th grade, students will have a strong enough math base to calculate density and the skills necessary to comprehend density at a higher level. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


mass volume density solids liquids properties matter weight



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-03.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this comprehensive two to four week unit, late elementary students begin with measuring mass and volume of solids and liquids; then are introduced to density. This kit has been divided into two sections. Fourth graders would complete only these introductory activities. There are additional investigations of density, requiring more advanced math knowledge, for students in 6th grade. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives are broad enough to easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, an assessment with answer key, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. Once necessary materials are gathered, these excellent lesson materials can be immediately useful in the classroom.
Janet Pinto
August 22, 2016

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