S&S Activity 4.5 Tab 1

Target Student Performance

Students explain how matter moves and changes and how energy changes when ethanol burns (connecting macroscopic observations with atomic-molecular models and using the principles of conservation of matter and energy).

Resources You Provide

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Recurring Resources


Print one copy of the 4.5 Explanations Tool for Ethanol Burning for each student. Return students’ completed versions of the 4.3 Evidence-Based Arguments Tool for Ethanol Burning for review. In this activity, your students will need to use the Three Questions Explanations Checklist on the back of the Three Questions Handout. Be sure to have this available to students, and see the notes in the Modifications at the end of the Activity for ideas about how to use it. Decide if you will use the Big Idea Probe: Fill 'Er Up, Example Systems and Scale Explanations Handout, 4.5 What Happens When Ethanol Burns? Reading. Print copies of the ones you decide to use.