What's My Property

What exactly can we tell about an unknown substance by its properties? is the driving question of this physical science video focusing on matter. Here, scholars find the answer to the big question via investigation of what lies at the bottom of one's backpack. Terms reviewed include substance, matter, atoms, molecule, elements, chemical reaction, chemical changes, and more.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in objects to play the mystery objects game as described and demonstrated in the video 
  • Flip your classroom; assign the link as homework then discuss its concepts in class when pupils return the next day 
Classroom Considerations
  • Remind learners that when using their senses in this science investigation, tasting is not allowed as it can be extremely harmful 
  • This video is part of a series about the properties of matter; to view more about the subject, follow the links that appear at the end of the video
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Viewers will enjoy watching and learning through captivating graphics, cartoon characters, sound effects, and humorous jokes 
  • Academic vocabulary is defined verbally as well as visually with highlighted graphics to reinforce key details 
Cons
  • The host speaks quickly; be ready to pause or replay for class members that require a slower pace of instruction 
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