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What's The Matter?

Name: Margaret Sodamade
School: P.S 35 Franz Siegel School
Address: 261 E 163rd Street
City: Bronx, NY, 11590
Original Project: What's The Matter?
Author: Bonnie Glasgold
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ps101/matter/index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I looked at this unit critically and adapted it by helping my students look into how matter can be broken down and represented by different scales.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students will be able to use lego pieces to make moving parts of matter.
  They will be able to research the nano, micro and macro sizes of different objects.
  They will represent a nano, micro, and macro sizes in the objects they build and on a scale.
  They will build planets, a pengiun and a human, identifying the nano, micro and the macro parts in each.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: The students used technology to do their research. They used the Internet to find information on the nano, micro and macro size objects. They also typed their work on the computer. My students used the websites below. http://cnst.rice.edu/nano.cfm www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/tecnologies/27jul_nanotech.html I limited them to only these two since they are only second graders. We read the print out and tried to make meaning of them. This gave them some ideas about nano size object.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were asked to present their work to an audience. They were able to describe their projects refering to the nano, micro and macro sizes in the lego pieces they put together. They were then evaluated according to how well they presented their project. I assessed their work using the criteria which included: making a model and describing the scale, comparing the nano, micro and the macro sizes to one another. They also made posters.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Sodamade is a science teacher at PS 35X. She has taught science for the past eight years in the same school. She teaches kindergarten through fourth grades. Ms. Sodamade is certified in common branches. She graduated from York College In Queens, New York and received a Masters degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: This unit can be adapted to use with all subjects. It is also suitable for all grades. You only needs to modify it to suit your objectives and purpose. This unit can be adapted in different ways. It can be adapted to other learning areas that help students to use technology to do research, compare objects, connect science and technology and use models of simple objects to explain biological concepts.

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