Exploring the Law of Conservation of Mass through Open Inquiry Experimentation

Michelle Faggert, Science, Martin Luther King, Jr. MS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit walks through the three levels of inquiry based scientific experimentation: structured inquiry, guided inquiry, and open inquiry. Focusing on the law of conservation of mass and chemical reactions, an activity is provided for each level of inquiry, as well as the background knowledge required for students and teachers. Beginning with structured inquiry and progressing to open inquiry, this unit allows students of all levels and with all needs to participate in open ended experimentation. Students will be able to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they change their perspective of what it is to “do science.”