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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? Explore answers to these questions (and more) as you work to understand the properties of matter.
Level
Early Elementary
Time required
A minimum of six 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. Students will ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a simple problem that can be solved through the development of an improved object. Then make a recommendation to Sanford Lab engineers about which materials they consider to be the best fit for the job and why.

 

As a Matter of Fact-- Properties of Matter

2-PS1-1 Plan and carry out an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.*

K-2-ETS1-1 Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.