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Structure & Function of Matter

Total Unit Running Time: 35-45* minutes 

BONUS FEATURE: Periodic Table of Elements Flashcards

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FIELD TRIP : Iowa 80 Trucking Museum 

Running Time: 4:01 

NGSS: HS-PS1-1, HS-PS1-3 

Check out the big rigs and other classic cars with VVR Host, Jim Kent, as you learn more about the materials from which they are made. Specifically, what types of metals and alloys are used for different vehicles and why it’s important.  

For more information, please visit Iowa80TruckingMuseum.com/ 

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INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE : Trickybeard’s Challenge 

Running Time: Self-paced* 

Students test their memory of the various elements in the Periodic Table by matching the most common 25 elements to their respective scientific symbols. Working with the elements outside of the traditional array pattern depicted on the table allows students to work with the symbols in a fun and challenging way! Deep in Trickybeard’s fiery lair, treasure chests are arranged in a circular pattern: chests with gold locks contain the element name and chests with silver locks contain the corresponding symbols. Students must match all 25 pairs before time runs out!

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JOURNEY: The Periodic Table Of Elements 

Running Time: Self-paced* 

NGSS: HS-PS1-1, HS-PS1-2, HS-PS2-6 

Topics Covered  

  • Element grouping rationale 
  • Qualities of metals 
  • Characterization of each group with example

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. D (BT1–knowledge) 
  2. B (BT4–analysis) 
  3. B (BT2–comprehension)
  4. D (BT1–knowledge) 
  5. C (BT4–analysis)
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THEATER : Reality Glue 

Running Time: 5:57 


Topics Covered 

  • Physical properties of matter 
  • Strength of forces between particles 
  • Concept of complex molecule chains 

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. C (BT3–application) 
  2. C (BT1–knowledge) 
  3. B (BT4–analysis) 
  4. D (BT1–knowledge) 
  5. D (BT5–synthesis)

TEACHER DEMO: Metals: Alkaline Earth vs. Alkali with Wendy 

Running Time: 8:43 


Vocabulary: atomic radii, exothermic reaction,  ionization energy 

Topics Covered 

  • Reactions of metals in water 
  • Periodic Table organization & trends

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills 

  1. A (BT1–knowledge) 
  2. C (BT2–comprehension)
  3. D (BT6–evaluation) 
  4. B (BT1–knowledge) 
  5. C (BT3–application)


Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Crystallographer

Science Standards: 

NGSS: HS-PS1-1, HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-3, HS-PS2-6; TEKS: 112.35(c.2.H), 112.35(c.3.D), 112.35(c.3.E), 112.35(c.5.A),  112.35(c.5.B), 112.35(c.5.C), 112.35(c.12.C), 112.38(c.3.D), 112.38(c.6.B), 112.38(c.6.C), 112.38(c.6.D), 112.38(c.7.B),  112.38(c.7.D), 112.38(c.7.E); CPALMS: SC.912.P.8.4, SC.912.P.8.5, SC.912.P.8.6, SC.912.P.8.7, SC.912.P.10.11