Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. 2-PS1-2
Clarification Statement: Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency.
Assessment Boundary: Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyzing data in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations.
Analyze data from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended. (2-PS1-2)
Structure and Properties of Matter
Different properties are suited to different purposes. (2-PS1-2)
Cause and Effect
Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes. (2-PS1-2)
Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Every human-made product is designed by applying some knowledge of the natural world and is built using materials derived from the natural world. (2-PS1-2)
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Students will design and make bridges out of folded pieces of paper, and test how much weight they can hold using pennies. Students will be able to explain how a bridge’s shape can make it stronger and perform tests to compare differe ...
This activity is an extension of the Paper Bridge Design Challenge. In addition to making bridges out of folded pieces of paper, students will have access to a variety of materials (construction paper, aluminum foil, wax paper, cardstock, and m ...
This resource combines The Engineering Design Process and technology using an iPad to have students create an electronic STEM journal documenting what they learned about wind and weather as they design sails for a model boat.
This video is organized around the big question of the Physical Properties of Matter and it includes meaningful content. The video is 3:36 long. It is animated with a cool factor as it is part of a set of Vlog Brothers youtube channel cal ...
This 5-E lesson plan requires second graders to use observations and the engineering design process to test a variety of materials and decide which would make the best rain-proof roof for a doghouse.
This resource is an interactive simulation designed to have students test various materials for different properties including flexibility, strength, waterproof, and transparency. The simulation includes a workshop where students can s ...
This wonderful set of lessons engage students in testing materials to understand their properties and discuss appropriate uses for the materials based on those properties. For example, one activity has the students examining the materi ...
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Editable materials list for investigating the strength and utility of pasta as a building material. Includes investigation of materials used to hold strands together (candies and tapes)
Editable materials list for students to complete to investigate the properties of materials before designing a life vest for a doll.
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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