Physics Girl does an amazing job of explaining all kinds of phenomena in the wonderful world of science. Here she describes quarks, which make up protons and neutrons. This goes far beyond sixth grade science, but is wonderful for 6th graders with inquiring minds!
The Properties of Matter Socrative Quiz is now activated! The button above takes you to Socrative. Once there, click on "student login" and type in the teacher room code: 519073. Then type your name (you can do first name and last initial if you want), and take the 10 question Quiz.
Airloys are related to the aerogel we saw in class, but have some different properties. (Note: This video is basically a commercial!)
A materials chemist explains the basics of aerogel.
The button above takes you to my Google Drive where I've shared the unit activity sheets. Read through them on-line so you can work through more in class.
I do not expect my sixth graders to understand atoms to this level, but I do think it is good to at least expose them to some history of atomic structure.
This shows water drops racing around the track. (Not as much scientific explanation.)
Lots of good material about something called the Leidenfrost Effect. Fits right into our Properties of Matter unit.
And a third cartoon by my son for you to explain!
Here's another cartoon by my son for you to explain!
My son drew this cartoon for me.
Can you explain it?
Kansas University physics professors and educators aim to help students become familiar with the small and abstract parts of all matter.
This is more advanced than the University of Utah Cell Size link in Cells & Genetics--greater range from small to large. It also may take a while to load. I believe you need Adobe Flash to play, so it probably won't work on iPads.
A clever song by another middle school science teacher, Mr. Edmonds, set to the tune of "Rocky Top". Specifically covers mass, volume and density.
The gas model exhibit demonstrates the particle nature of matter. This model explores the relationship among pressure, temperature and volume of gases. (The really important part comes at the end after the credits!)
Excellent introductory to amazing properties and applications of nanotechnology. Produced by www.nisenet.org.
This video shows the amazing behavior of a non-Newtonian Fluid. These act like liquids until impacted. At this point they seem more solid than liquid. Cool!
The Oxford Science Park has sponsored this project, increasing awareness of this fundamentally important table.
This animated video helps us visualize the incredible "tinyness" of the atom.
Similar in nature the the Higg's Boson video above. Does excellent job of explaining how much in science we do not truly understand.
A CERN physicist explains the hunt for the Higg's Boson. The first minute has distracting background noise from cafeteria. Get past this, though, and it is excellent.
This video helps you understand how burning matter is not truly destroying it. (Mr. Stith eats an interesting snack, as well!) Note: The annotation I added for you NOT TO TRY THIS PART AT HOME won't show up on iPads. Please be SAFE!