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Tiny atoms become big projects during Grade 6 Science unit



Over the past two weeks, Grade 6 has been immersed in a new science unit: Elements and the Periodic Table. They began by studying the history of the atom, which included research on the scientists who theorized what the atom might look like since they could not see it. Ms. Silbereisen, MS Science Faculty, and her classes discussed the importance of models in science and how they change over time as new discoveries emerge.

The next step in the unit was their 2D or 3D atom model project. Each student was randomly assigned an element 1-15 on the periodic table. They conducted research on their element including everyday uses and where it is naturally found. Using the information on the periodic table they had to identify how many subatomic particles were present - protons, neutrons, and electrons. From there, Ms. Silbereisen tasked students with looking around their house to find materials that could represent their subatomic particles i.e. dry pasta, beads, clay, play-doh, paper, aluminum foil, old game parts, ping pong balls, shoelaces, coat hangers, shoe boxes, etc. They were encouraged to be creative and let their imagination flow, which they did.

This week, classes presented their models and reports, via a Zoom call with Ms. Silbereisen and their classmates. They fielded questions and comments from each other and complimented each project for its creativity and hard work. To learn more about the project and how students built their models, you can view Ms. Silbereisen's sample slideshow here