Grade 5 Science
Week Four Lessons
This week we will be identifying the boiling point of water and the freezing/ melting point of water. Boiling water is no big deal to us grown-ups, because we see it almost every time we cook. I can’t tell you how surprised I was the first time I boiled water for my fifth graders. They were mesmerized! Each fifth grader sat quietly observing the water begin to heat up and bubble. It took probably ten minutes for us to get to a full boil that day, and they watched quietly all ten minutes. So, believe me when I say that this simple lesson will be more interesting than you might think for your kiddos. I have lots of goodies I use for this week’s lessons that are full of inquiry. Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!
(B) identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water on the Celsius scale; Supporting Standard
“I can” Statements:
I can identify the boiling point and freezing/ melting point of water.
Monday – Could aluminum foil ever melt in the oven? Explain. *side note: ovens get about 500°F cooking and over 1000°F self cleaning
Tuesday – What is the difference between the boiling point of water and the freezing/ melting point in Celsius?
Wednesday – Is the boiling point and the freezing/ melting point the same for all substances? Why or why not?
Thursday – How can you find the melting point of a substance?
Friday – How can you find the boiling point of a substance?
Word Wall Words:
Melting/ Freezing Point
Lesson Ideas and Materials:
Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.
(Monday) Attention Grabber activities: Hot Potato, How Hot is Too Hot prediction sheet, A Ring in the Fire critical thinking. Introduce Word Wall Words for the Week and ask students what they think it means. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Point.
(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Points and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the second column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Point
(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Point. Complete the Boiling and Melting/ Freezing chart and student lab creation for finding boiling and freezing, melting points in the notebook. –Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook
(Thursday) Timing Temperatures Lab day! –Science and Literacy Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Point This would be a good day to test the experiment the students created Wednesday (if you have spare time). I make it class written and a teacher demonstration.
(Friday) Have the students write a characterization of water that is boiling, and water that is freezing. What would the particles be like if they were living. Complete the Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Points Anchor Chart- Matter and Energy Anchor Charts as a class. The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week. An extra activity from the Science and Literacy Boiling and Freezing/ Melting Point is the temperature observation sheet below.
During extra class time, complete the Physical Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.
The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.
Need materials for younger grades?
The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.
Here is what I have for matter and energy so far.