Lesson Plan : The Busy Life of a Particle

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Stathidis
 Grade 5

 The students are becoming familiar with particles found in streams along with their sizes. Students will become familiar with Micrsoft Excel to graph their findings and with Powerpoint to present their information.
 The lesson is focused primarily on students having an understanding of streams and their contents along with graphing and presenting the information they have found.
  (Standard 3 Key Idea 3 bullet 1 Cognitive Domain) Students will become familiar with measuring the size of particles that have been deposited by a body of water. Students will become familiar with how a body of water carries particles. Students will become familiar with graphing information with Microsoft Excel with the data collected. Students will become familiar with presenting information gathered by using Powerpoint and the internet.
 Given particles the students must observe and record particles with at least 6 of 7 correctly done. Given recorded information students must graph with 100% accuracy and present their findings in a five minute presentation.
 ruler stream table pen/pencil bucket water hose sand/gravel empty bucket computer with PowerPoint and Microsoft excel Internet
 Teacher will review prior notes which were provided in order to understand where each particle should land. Questions will be asked as a review prior to experiment for all students to listen to.
 The teacher will set up one experiment and display what the students will do. Teacher will then assign 4 groups of 5. Once this is done the teacher will allow each group to perform the experiment and record data. One student will pour the water, the other will observe where the particles go and the last student will catch the water in the empty bucket. In the end all students will measure the sizes of the particles and state where they were located in relation to the edge of the table.
 Once students perform the experiment the teacher will discuss how students measure the particles. Then the teacher will review how the students will plot the measurements on a graph using Microsoft Excel. Finally the teacher will discuss how everything should be setup for the entire project and the presentation using Powerpoint.
 A student has broken their leg and can not move around easily. Since they can not measure the particles the teacher can measure them. The teacher can provide an explanation of the measuring system for a needy child. Also, the teacher can explain why certain particles traveled farther then others.
Checking For Understanding:
 By presenting his/her findings to the class each student's comprehension will become apparent through their use of Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and gathering of data.
 The teacher will review what the main idea of the experiment was and why it was done. The teacher will explain once again why specific particles travel farther depending on their size using graphs and presentations as examples.
  Students will be tested at the end of the lesson measuring their knowledge dealing with taking objects and measuring them and then plotting them on a piece of graph paper. They will also have to explain why certain particles traveled specific distances giving reasons.

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