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Poppin' Fun with Physical and Chemical Changes

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Poppin' Fun with Physical and Chemical Changes

Grades 6 – 9
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessons
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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Many students are hesitant about speaking in front of a class, but by providing them an opportunity to use an app for presentation, students can practice their speaking skills in a lower stakes situtation. Additionally, they are exposed to another skill for their technology toolbox. For this lesson students examine the differences between physical and chemical changes. After understanding these changes, in small groups students follow instructions for making popcorn, photographing each step. Then students create a video using the SonicPics app to narrate their photos and answer questions about this change.

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SonicPics: This inexpensive app for the iPad and iPhone will be used to create videos.

Venn Diagram, 2 Circles
: The class will use this printout to summarize what they discovered about physical and chemical changes from reading online articles.

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The International Reading Association has taken the position that for students “to become fully literate in today’s world, students must become proficient in the new literacies of 21st-century technologies. As a result, literacy educators have a responsibility to effectively integrate these new technologies into the curriculum, preparing students for the literacy future they deserve.” These new technologies include numerous and varied applications for iPads, which Hutchison, Beschorner and Schmidt-Crawford point out has made learning possible anytime, anywhere. No longer are students tied to a computer lab or library setting to research information or communicate their discoveries. They also found that students were highly motivated when using iPads in the classroom. This engaging lesson encourages students to learn a new application as well as practice their speaking abilities.

International Reading Association. New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies. Newark: International Reading Association, 2009. International Reading Association, May 2009. Web. 5 July 2013.


Hutchinson, Amy, Beth Beschorner, and Denise Schmidt-Crawford. "Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning." The Reading Teacher 66.1 (2012): 15-23. Wiley Online Library. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Web. 5 July 2013.

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