Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. 2-PS1-1
Clarification Statement: Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.
Assessment Boundary: none
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question. (2-PS1-1)
Structure and Properties of Matter
Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. (2-PS1-1)
Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed. (2-PS1-1)
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In this comprehensive STEM unit that utilizes science, math, technology, and language arts in 13-15 classroom sessions, students investigate standard units of measure and sort and classify objects according to their physical properties before applyin ...
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This quick and succint powerpoint slide presentation is useful for teachers. It provides a quick, background overview for teachers and students on the properties of materials.
This short 20 minute video is well-done and engaging for young students in the 2nd grade. The video uses a well paced voice-over, interesting images, highlights vocabulary, and recaps of "what we learned so far". It starts out with &qu ...
This activity involves students collecting, feeling, and describing different types of soil from a known location based on properties. The students are guideded to learn that soil can have different properties depending on the different material ...
This lesson allows students to collect data and sort objects according to their observable properties such as texture, color, weight, size, and temperature with direct instruction and in cooperative groups. The lesson includes many instructional ...
This is an engaging music video that defines and gives examples of matter.The video is fun, colorful and explores many different kinds of matter as part of the music video sequence. Young students will love the song and the intera ...
None of these boxes quite fit what this resource is: It is a number of short videos of objects hitting other objects in extremely slow motion. Liquids hitting liquids, solids hitting solids, and all other combinations. Personal teaching favorites are ...
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Staudt, C., & Broadhead, J. (2017). Sensing science through modeling matter. @Concord, 21(1), 12-13.
Early learners have significant—and highly untapped—potential for understanding abstract concepts and reasoning in sophisticated ways. Research ha...
Kimball, N., & Broadhead, J. (2015) The land of bump: How an animated story helps young students develop heat and temperature concepts. @Concord, 19(2), 10-11.
Over the past years we have conducted dozens of interviews with groups of children in ...
Properties of Matter: Pirate Adventure is an iPad only mobile application. There are 4 games in which children sort items, balance the boat, change temperature, and then identify the necessary properties of the materials to do specific tasks. In addi...
Pirates and Describing Matter lesson overview with suggested Center activities, children's trade book lists, and mobile application.
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