Metals lesson.

 

There are a lot of metals in the world. What makes something a metal? What makes them all unique?

There are a lot of metals in the world. What makes something a metal? What makes them all unique?

I used the free lapbook/notebook that can be found here as my basis for the lesson. I also added some stuff in. We aren’t a big lapbooking family. But I love it when people have the lapbooks put together because I can generally use some of the ideas to make our own lessons.

Here’s the link for the metals lapbook/notebook.

Preparation –

I simply printed out the lapbooking materials. I love looking through them and picking and choosing what I want to use.  I decided that for our quick lesson today we would use page 12 – it’s the introduction page.

First we sat down at the desks and I asked the kids what are some metals they know.

Answers: Gold, silver, bronze, copper, tin, lead, titanium, steel, and zinc.

Then I asked the kids what those items all share (Please compare them). I got some silly answers (We can find them all in a car), to some more serious ones  – they are all found in rocks or the ground; we can make them all take shapes, and they all conduct electricity.

Metals can be found everywhere. We found metals all over our neighborhood. Where can you find metals?

Metals can be found everywhere. We found metals all over our neighborhood. Where can you find metals?

Then Nicholas had to read the paper (page 12). He highlighted the words he didn’t know. We looked up the words on Google (he simply Googled “definition of…..”).

Next we pulled out our Periodic Table of Elements. On the back of the paper Nicholas had to write the elements that are also metals. It was fun to see his excitement at writing down all the metals – and their atomic number (that was his add to the program).

Finally, we went on a metal hunt. The kids took their videocamera and made a video of them going around the neighborhood finding metals. I thought that was fun. I gave them 20 minutes to find as many metals as they could. They really enjoyed running around and finding metals.

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