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Middle Childhood Education Lesson Plan Template v. 3

Teacher Candidate Name: Benjamin Wozniak

Lesson Title/#: Matter: Density- Lesson 2
Grade Level: 6th (49 minutes)
Lesson Foundations
Content Standards Physical Science.6.1.1: All matter is made up of small particles classed atoms. Each atom takes up space, has mass
and is In constant motion. Mass is the amount of matter in an object.

Writing: Research to Build and Present Knowledge- 9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to
support analysis, reflection, and research.
Learning 1. Students will analyze real-world situations involving Assessment(s) 1. Up Discussion (LO1)
Objective(s) density. 2. Density of Planets Handout
Include LO being (LO1,2)
2. Students will be able to calculate the density of objects. 3. Density Lab (LO2)
Materials & Materials:
Resources -Slides
-Density of Planets Handout
-Density Lab
-Gummy Bears

-Up trailer:
-Up articles:

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-Density lab adapted from:

Instructional Procedures/Steps
Note when you are addressing a learning objective and when enacting an assessment.

Teacher will Student will

Instructional procedure, questions you will ask, checks for What will students be doing?
understanding, transitions, and evidence of culturally responsive What evidence of learning will students demonstrate?
teaching practices. Student-centered learning/opportunities for practice and application.
Opening Density Notes Review Density Notes Review
____5_____ Minutes 1. The teacher will greet the class, review the agenda, 1. Students will bring the materials needed to their seat and
and lead a review of the previous lesson. open their notebook to review with the teacher.
-What did we learn about yesterday? -We started to talk about density.
-Who can tell me what density measures? -Density measures the amount of mass for every unit of
volume an object has.
-How do we calculate density? -Density equals the mass of the object divided by its volume.
-What is an easy way to estimate an objects density? -Put it in water and see if it floats or sinks.
Instruction Up Activity (LO1) Up Activity (LO1)
___34_____ Minutes 1. The teacher will ask the following question. 1.
-What do we encounter in our daily lives which can be -Anything that has to do with floating.
explained by density?
2. The teacher will give examples such as volcanoes 2.
and lava lamps and then play the trailer to the movie
-How do lava lamps work? -The one liquid has its density always changing.
-How is density involved in volcanoes forming? -Probably has something to do with the lava rising to the
3. The teacher will lead a discussion about the trailer. 3.
-What did we see in the trailer that had anything to do -The balloons floating in the air.
with density?
-What makes the balloons float? -Whatever they are filled with must be less dense than air.

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-Do you think it is actually possible for balloons to be -If there was enough balloons and the house is small
able to lift up a house? enough, it can probably happen.
No, something like that can never happen.
4. The teacher will share the two articles about 4.
whether or not it is possible.
-Is what Carl does in the movie at all practical now -Not really, even with the big difference in densities, the
that you have seen these attempts? number of balloons would be very impractical.
-What would you need for this to have a better chance -To make this at all practical, you would need to find super
of working? strong, lightweight balloons and fill them up with a gas that
has an even smaller density than helium.
(Assessment #1)
Density of Planets (LO1) Density of Planets (LO1)
1. The teacher will introduce the Density of Planets 1.
-We have looked at how density works here on Earth, -Anything that is made of matter will have a density. So if
do objects in space have density? the object in space is made of matter, then it will have a
-Which planet would you think has the biggest -I would think Jupiter would have the biggest density since
density? it is the biggest.
I would think one of the inner planets would have the
biggest density since they are made of rock.
2. The teacher pass out the handout and monitor the 2. Students will complete the handout at their tables.
students while they are working. (Assessment #2)
-The students will fill one blank for each planet: Mercury =
5.427, Venus = 5.243, Earth = 1.083 * 1027, Mars = 6.417 *
1026, Jupiter = 1.326, Saturn = 0.687, Uranus = 6.833 * 1028,
Neptune = 10.24 * 1028, Pluto = 1.869
-The inner (rock) planets all have similar densities, while
the outer (gas) planets have similar densities.
-Generally, the materials the planet are made of, not the size
of the planet, account for the density.
-Saturn can float! Its so big, it doesnt seem possible.
3. The teacher will review with the students their 3.
-What patterns did you notice about the densities?
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-The first four planets had similar densities while the last
-What is different about those groups of planets? five had similar densities.
-The first four planets are rock planets. The last five are gas
-The planets within those groups are all different expect for Pluto.
sizes, what does that say about the densities? -What the planets are made from matter more.
-What was different about Saturn? -It is the only planet that could float in water!
-Would an objects density, say a person or an apple, -No, because density is a measurement with mass, which
change in space? will not change in space, not weight which will change with
different gravities.
Closure Density Lab (LO2) Density Lab (LO2)
___10_____ Minutes 1. The teacher will introduce the Density Lab.
2. As the students are completing the first half of Part 2. The students will complete the first half of Part 1 of the
1, the teacher will monitor the students and assisting Density Lab.
when needed.
-Where is the best place to measure the gummy bear? -We should measure the gummy bear at the thickest points
in the three directions so we dont get a volume that is too
-Why are we not using water displacement to find the -We dont want the gummy bear to absorb any of the water
volume? and throw off either the mass or the volume measurements.
3. The teacher will collect the lab once the students 3. The students will turn in their lab once they are done with
are finished with the first half of Part 1. the first half of Part 1 of the lab.
(Assessment 3)
Modifications/Accom -Instructions given multiple ways for all learners.
modations/Enrichme -Opportunities to work in groups for all learners.
nt -Visuals on slides for visual learners.
-Opportunities to demonstrate understanding orally during the Up discussion and through their writing on the
Density of Planets handout.
-Agenda discussed for IEP student as indicated on his IEP.
-Materials available in large print for IEP student with visual impairment.
-Density of Planets enrichment available for gifted students.
-Organizational chart for data on Density of Planets handout for IEP student and students who need help with

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