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Properties of Matter 5th grade


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Students will identify materials based on their properties. Students will plan an investigation on the properties of matter. Students will love these four investigations! This unit starts with the use of phenomena and students will use science and engineering practices to solve the mystery. Students will love planning and carrying out an investigation.✅

This resource includes four investigations on properties of matter

Lab One: Identify Materials (Mystery Substance) 

Lab Two: Is it water-soluble? 

Lab Three: Planning an Investigation 

Lab Four: Conservation of Mass

The resource includes:

  • lab directions and teacher prep (four labs)
  • recording sheets
  • follow-up pages
  • lab safety instructions
  • a multiple-choice quiz
  • Answer keys are included for all of it!

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Catherine ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

The first lab was a HUGE success with my students. They were engaged and did an amazing job trying to guess what each powder was.

Lance ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

A terrific resource for 5th-grade properties of matter. Students had to identify mystery substances based on properties. My little scientists were really engaged!

This resourcefully addresses the NGSS standards for 5th grade PS1A Structure and Properties of Matter from the DCI Matter and Its Interactions:

NGSS 5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

NGSS 5-PS1-2. Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.

 Utah SEEd Standard 5.2.2 Ask questions to plan and carry out investigations to identify substances based on patterns of their properties. Emphasize using properties to identify substances. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, conductivity, solubility, or a response to magnetic forces. Examples of substances could include powders, metals, minerals, or liquids. (PS1. A)

Utah SEEd Standard 5.2.4 Use mathematics and computational thinking to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling or combining substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples could include melting an ice cube, dissolving salt in water, and combining baking soda and vinegar in a closed bag.

Students will identify substances based on their properties through a series of investigations. Students will also learn that when changes occur in by mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Students will learn about lab safety when handling mystery substances and support their claims with evidence from the investigations.

Science Concepts Include:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Investigation
  • Designing an investigation
  • Science lab safety
  • Conservation of Weight
  • Identifying materials based on their properties

Students will use the following Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems.
  • Developing and Using Models.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking.
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

Properties of Matter

Properties of Matter

Properties of Matter

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