Black Box

Students shake, rattle, and roll these “Black Boxes” to try to determine the insides… but no peeking. Ever!!

Grades covered: 4 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Scientific Method, Logic, Data Collection, Analysis

Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Science and Engineering Practices: 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Science and Engineering Practices|||Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. [ Examples: adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, & evaporating salt water.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions|||Make observations & measurements to identify materials based on their properties. [Examples of properties: color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, & solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions|||Science and Engineering Practices: 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Science and Engineering Practices|||Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions |||Science and Engineering Practices: 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Science and Engineering Practices|||Science and Engineering Practices: 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information ||Next Generation Science Standards||High School||Science and Engineering Practices

California Standards (Click to View)

1.b. All matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules.||CA Science||Grade 5||01. Physical Sciences||1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.|||1.d. Each element is made of one kind of atom. These elements are organized in the Periodic Table by their chemical properties.||CA Science||Grade 5||01. Physical Sciences||1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.|||1.b. The solid Earth is layered with cold, brittle lithosphere; hot, convecting mantle; and dense, metallic core.||CA Science||Grade 6||01. Focus on Earth Science||1. Plate tectonics explains important features of the Earth’s surface and major geologic events.|||3.a. The structure of the atom and how it is composed of protons, neutrons and electrons.||Grade 8||01. Physical Sciences||3. Structure of Matter||3. Elements have distinct properties and atomic structure. All matter is comprised of one or more of over 100 elements.|||1. Atomic and Molecular Structure||CA Science||Grade 9-12||02. Chemistry

Categories include:
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Matter, Human Impacts, Structure & Function, Problem Solving
Subjects covered: ["Physical Science","Life Science","Earth\/Space Science"]