5E Lesson Plan 6.6A
Course: Science 6th Grade
Lesson Topic: Physical Properties of Metals and Non-Metals
(6.6) Student knows matter has College Career Readiness Standards:
physical properties that can be used VII. Chemistry
for classification. Know that physical and chemical properties can be
used to describe and classify matter.
A. Compare metals, nonmetals, and
metalloids using physical properties Metals
such as luster, conductivity, or Nonmetals
Luster: Metallic, Nonmetallic
Engage: Time: 20 minutes
Warm up question: List the physical properties of
each spoon. Metal spoon, plastic spoon. Language Objective: SW discuss items as they
categorize as metal or nonmetal, metallic or
Item Sort: How could we categorize? Quick free nonmetallic, malleable or brittle.
sort. SW identify the root word of metallic as metal.
Sort by Made of Metal or Not made of Metallic is “metal like.”
Metal. Re-title categories Metals and SW list the items on a T chart.
Nonmetals. Complete T chart.
Sort Luster using words Shiny or Dull. Re- Materials:
title to Metallic or Nonmetallic. Which item Suggested Items: aluminum foil, metallic plastic
does not fit know with the new titles? Glass bead, glass pebble, wooden block, paper, steel
bead. It is shiny, but not a metal like shine. washer, copper plates from electrical kits, plastic
Brainstorm other metallic objects in room. spoon and metal spoon.
Sort as Malleable or Brittle. Pound the
plastic spoon with mallet.. “Brittle
breaks…mallet flattens malleable objects.”
Identify these words as Physical Properties
Explore Time: 70 minutes
Comparative Investigation: Language Objective:
Identifying Metals and Nonmetals by SW read and write to make predictions, complete
Physical Properties data table and conclusion for lab report.
Students explore though a comparative SW communicate with partner during lab.
investigation using the Scientific Method to SW share conclusion in a musical chair share the
conclude the physical properties of metals. last minutes of class before turning in lab.
Lab Worksheet: Identifying Metals and Nonmetals
by Physical Properties
Per group lab equipment:
Electrical circuit with battery, magnet, charcoal,
Mylar piece cut from a Mylar balloon, aluminum
pop to, paper clip, fishing lead weight, penny,
washer, plastic toy
Explain Time: 45 minutes
Questions to Debrief Explore phase and review
using Lab Worksheet. See Power Point. Language Objective:
Identify Physical Properties of Matter that SW think pair share to answer questions.
means with a metal like shine. SW read Element Cards to categorize elements as
Name the physical properties that all metals metals and complete written table.
had in common.
Could a nonmetal share one of these Question Strategy: Stand up if you believe a non
physical properties? Explain. (plastic can metal could have the physical property metallic in
have a metallic color, paper is malleable, luster. Randomly chose a standing student to
water will conduct electricity…etc..) complete sentence starter… See Power Point for
What is the probability that a nonmetal Questions and Sentence Starters.
would have all the physical properties listed The physical property ______ is opposite of _____
in our conclusion? (Low, so if we find an because ________.
element with all the physical properties on
our conclusion, we should categorize it as a Materials:
metal on the Lab worksheet.) PowerPoint
. Lab Worksheet
Complete Application Section on Lab
SW use Element Cards to identify the Formative Assessment
Elements that are Metals by locating the Lab Report, Conclusion, Questions
physical properties that all metals have in
common. RtI Tier 1 Intervention Activity (for students that
need more experiences) Go back to original baggie
of items in the Engage section. Work through the
additional items finding the properties listed on the
lab data table.
Extension: (for student moving quickly)
Complete a T chart of metals and nonmetals in the
room. Use a magnet to identify the metals that
Pre AP/GT Extension:
Research an element to identify ways it is
beneficial. List items that contain that element in
room or common objects. (narrow list for students:
carbon, lithium, copper, silicon…)
Elaborate Time: 25 minutes
Use the cards to place in a content frame labeled Language Objective:
Metal, Nonmetal, and Metalloids. Tell the student to SW read Element Cards to categorize elements as
complete Metal first. They must have all properties metals and nonmetals to place in a content frame.
from conclusion. Next, place all the others in
Nonmetals. Review nonmetals category. Is there SW color code the Periodic Table into three
elements that have some properties of metals, but categories: metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.
not all. Metalloids have properties of both metals
and nonmetals. There are 7 metalloids. Look Materials:
through cards to find some. PowerPoint
How do grocery stores organize what they sell? Element Cards (Similar to Gateways cards, but
Brainstorm a category: Produce, Dairy, canned edited to include more Key Vocabulary)
vegetable…etc. Periodic Table Outline Gateways 7th Grade
Handout BLM 13 (omit period and group
The Periodic Table organizes the elements into information)
categories, too. They are metal, nonmetals and
Guided: Use the colored pencils to shade the
Periodic Table into categories: Metal, Nonmetals,
and Metalloids. The concept of metalloids is not
fully developed in this lesson, but is it developed as
needed for 6th graders.
Evaluate Time: 20 minutes
Complete Concept Map Analysis of the selected TAKS items and/or formal
Gateways 7th Grade Handout BLM18
Additional Labs for Extension to explore the
physical properties of metals. Technology:
The Melting Point Lab Pre AP Research extension will need access to
Metals have a high melting point. This lab computer. Create a Glogster with information.
explores the concept of melting point
through an experimental investigation. It
utilizes the same Element Cards again to
classify elements according to the melting
Conduction: The Melting Chips
Metals are good conductors of heat. This
experimental investigation concludes that
aluminum is a faster conductor of heat than
iron due to density of the metal.