Lesson Plan

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

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Science is magic that works. Magical color-changing beads and a coffee can that follows voice commands are just two examples of magic tricks that rely on science. After completing a hands-on activity and an experiment investigating the magical phenomenon, young scientists brainstorm questions for things science has yet to explain.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign small groups of no more than three
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson best fits at either the beginning or end of a unit on stars and galaxies
  • Requires prior knowledge of progressive structure of the universe, stars in general, and galaxies containing millions of stars
  • Materials include access to automobile windows, so plan accordingly
Pros
  • Lesson follows a 5E format
  • Contains two different orders for presenting materials depending on prior knowledge
  • Material connects many different types of science to the core concepts
Cons
  • None
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