Lesson Plan

Conservation of Mass

It may take up less space, but the mass stays the same. Tackle a common misconception about conservation of mass using a hands-on lesson plan. Learners measure the mass of substances before and after melting, dissolving, and undergoing a chemical reaction to verify that mass is conserved.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils use different initial masses and compare their findings
Classroom Considerations
  • Collect and prepare materials prior to the lesson
  • Expects a basic understanding of chemical and physical change
  • Installment 15 in the 16-part Inquiry in Action series highlighting chemical and physical properties
Pros
  • Provides step-by-step instructions for both teachers and students
  • Includes animations to use in place of or to support hands-on activities
Cons
  • None
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