Term 3 - What’s the matter

What’s the Matter is a highly anticipated chemistry unit

The students have experiences to develop their understanding of the properties of a substance, relating to the solid, liquid and gaseous forms of matter. They have opportunities to experiment with and observe chemical and physical changes through the chemical science aspect of the unit. They will explore the significance of fair testing. “Mad About Science” primary incursions/ workshop with students. Class groups will design and report on various experimental projects. 

The Chocology focus - incorporates chemistry and marketing (Economics Geography and History)

Students explore reversible change through the making of chocolate products. They will follow a design brief to research chocolate recipes and uses from different cultures.  They will investigate the origins of chocolate and how it is processed to produce the many different products on sale. They will design, produce and market a new chocolate product. The students will present this new product for peer evaluation. This unit offers students opportunities to develop their teamwork skills working in groups and in partnerships for many activities. 

Focus Ideas

Be able to explain phenomena and concepts relating to matter.

  • What is matter?

  • What are the different states of matter?

  • What changes occur to different matter during heating and cooling?

Recognise, describe and predict the stability and change associated with matter.

  • What are the different types of changes? (physical and chemical; reversible and irreversible; mixed or separated)

  • Why are some changes reversible and some irreversible?

Identify the effects on the environment that can result from the misuse of chemicals.

  • How do we safely work with chemicals? (safety procedures)

  • Why do we need to work safely with chemicals? (impact on environment)

Plan, conduct and report on experiments using the scientific method.

  • How can we generate scientific questions and predict what the findings of the investigation might be?

  • What investigation methods should we plan to implement to answer questions and solve problems safely?

  • What variables can be controlled?

  • How do we document our results and processes?