Primary Chemistry 6

 

Sixth grade Chemistry will utilize inquiry-based instruction. Our study has four lesson sets: matter’s phases, density, attractive forces and finally atoms and molecules.

Students begin the year investigating the solid, liquid and gas phases of matter. The behavior of atoms and molecules in each phase of matter is described using kinetic theory. Students begin to relate macroscopic observations of matter to the behavior of atoms and molecules.

Students will study density in our second lesson set. They will use water displacement to determine the volume of irregular solids and thus calculate density values in the laboratory. There will be opportunities to compare densities of substances and identify factors that influence density values.

The third lesson set focuses on the attractive forces that hold atoms and molecules together. The behavior of water in various situations is examined. Students learn how adhesive and cohesive forces help to explain surface tension.

In the last lesson set, atomic theory is introduced and students learn about the structure of the atom. The periodic table is explored to see how element families, periods and groups are related to each other by common properties. Students will research an element and make an atom model.