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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module

As a Matter of Fact

What is matter? Why do we select certain materials when making things? Students will explore answers to these questions (and more) as they work to understand the properties of matter.
Level
Early Elementary
Time required
A minimum of five 40-minute sessions

Students learn that matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. They test a variety of materials to determine which have properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. They analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. Then they make a recommendation to Sanford Lab engineers.