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Product 12807

By: The Flinn Staff

With the Discovering Density Super Value Science Laboratory Kit, don't give students the definition and equation for density; let them discover the concept for themselves! Students discover and analyze a trend to identify an unknown metal.

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Don't just give your students the definition and equation for density—let them discover the concept for themselves! Using either “gold” or “silver” metal shot, students collect mass and volume data, plot the data on a graph to identify the resulting pattern and trend, and then analyze the relationship. By comparing their results with known quantities, students identify their metal and determine the accuracy of their method. Don't be surprised at the number of students who yell out a modern version of “Eureka!” as they “nail” the density of their sample! Includes complete instructions with reproducible student handouts and valuable Teacher Notes. Super Value Kit is complete for 15 student groups. All materials are reusable—a great value! Balances with 0.01-g precision are recommended.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Patterns
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS1-5: Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
HS-ESS1-6: Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.
HS-ESS2-7: Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.