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Save Our Kingdom (in relation to the chemistry topic - Conservation of Mass)

Dr. Johari Surif
Dr. Mahani Mokhtar  

The Educational Sciences, Mathematics and Creative Multimedia Team
Faculty of Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

There are many misconceptions about the chemistry concept, “Conservation of Mass”. Thus, the aim of this video lesson is to teach students about the chemical concept of Conservation of Mass through several chemistry experiments. The students will carry out experiments while assisting a fortune teller named Pak Belalang to gain victory for his kingdom. In an effort to help Pak Belalang, students should be able to answer all the questions related to the Conservation of Mass that are posed by an evil witch. In this video, materials such as a box of matches, a closed and open container, a box of panadol soluble tablets (Alka-Seltzer), and weighing scales are needed. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to see that mass is “conserved”. The lesson will take up to 60 minutes to complete.

About the Team:

The creators of this video lesson are lectureres in the Educational Sciences, Mathematics and Creative Multimedia Department and the Educational Foundations and Social Science Department at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). They are Dr Johari Surif, Dr Norhasniza Ibrahim, Dr Mahani Mokhtar, Dr Noor Dayana Abd Halim, Marlina Ali, Dr Nurbiha A Shukor, Dr Shaharuddin Md Salleh, and Assoc Prof Dr Zaleha Ismail. They are interested in using technology for teaching and learning Maths, Science and Educational Technology. Each of them specializes in their own field and is active in research activities such as personalized learning, teacher education, chemistry education as well as computer-based learning.

This is a comprehensive Wikipedia entry on the subject put together by educators at Princeton University 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_of_mass

This is a short video done in historical costume by the BBC depicting the research and discovery of Antoine Lavoisier.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9iZq3ZxbO8

This is a discussion of why the law of Conservation of Mass is important.
http://chemistry4gcms2011.wikispaces.com/Why+is+the+Law+of+Conservation+of+Mass+Important+(Smith)%3F

This discussion presents the connection between the Conservation of Mass and the Conservation of Energy.
http://www.chemteam.info/Thermochem/Law-Cons-Mass-Energy.html

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