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Lesson Title: Student Glovebox
May 11, 2012

Unit: Physical Science - Properties of Matter

Grade Levels: 4-6

Connection To Curriculum: Science

Teacher Prep Time: 4 hours

Lesson Time Needed: 4 hours

Complexity Moderate

Keywords: liquids, box, experiment


For the chamber:
Empty copier paper box with lid
Glovebox artwork
Masking tape
Utility knife
Metal edge ruler
Two pieces of 11 by 17 construction paper
Heavy cardboard cutting surface
Clear contact paper (optional)
For the lid:
Copier paper box lid
Clear, 2-inch packing tape
Two overhead transparency sheets
Duct tape
Utility knife
For the gloves:
Four jumbo plastic cups (32 oz)
Thick rubber bands (size #64 or wider)
Dish washing gloves (long)
Disposable surgical gloves
Utility knife
Tube socks
Low-temperature glue gun
Low-temperature glue sticks

Students design their own investigation of the characteristics of various liquids.

Students will:
• Design a droplet investigation of liquids experiment.
• Design experiment hardware that can be used in their team's glovebox.
• Experiment with various fibers and liquids.
• Determine which fibers and liquids produce the most spherical droplet.
• Determine ways to mount fibers.
• Write instructions to conduct the activity.
• Present their conclusions.

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Lesson Activities and Sequence
Student Glovebox
A model glovebox is constructed of a copy paper box and craft materials and used to investigate properties of liquids.
Keywords: copier paper box, gloves, ISS

National Standards:

National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding of scientific concepts.
• An appreciation of "how we know" what we know in science.
• Understanding of the nature of science.
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
• The dispositions to use the skills, abilities and attitudes associated with science.

Physical Science
• Properties of objects and materials.

Science and Technology
• Abilities of technological design.
• Understanding about science and technology.


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