ERIC Number: EJ1162478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
When Is Melting Not Really Melting?
Science and Children, v55 n4 p60-66 Dec 2017
This 5E cycle of lessons takes students through a fun and thorough study of Silly Putty's properties, progressing from an initial observation of a "melting snowman" toy in the Engage phase to making and "marketing" their own homemade putty in the Evaluate phase. Along the way, students use evidence to construct their own explanations for the discrepant events presented by non-Newtonian fluids, through a careful progression from the Explore phase to the Explain phase. For this lesson, you will need one container of Silly Putty for each pair of students and a "melting snowman" toy (available at many retailers, such as Amazon). In addition, each student will need safety goggles and non-latex gloves, and the teacher will use a hammer during the Explore phase.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Water, Scientific Concepts, Toys, Manipulative Materials, Discovery Learning, Learner Engagement, Science Activities, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, Common Core State Standards
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia