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Building Blocks of Science® A New Generation: Structure and Properties of Matter 2nd Edition 3-Use Unit Kit

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Grade 5. In 6 lessons spanning 21 class sessions, students learn that the structure and properties of matter are fundamental concepts in science and discover both physical and chemical properties of matter. Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. This 3-use unit kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #515502A) and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit 3 times to a class of up to 30 students.

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$839.95

This item will ship on or about 1/6/17

Grade 5. In a series of 6 lessons spanning 21 class sessions, students learn that the structure and properties of matter are fundamental concepts in science. Because matter surrounds students, they may think they know all about it. This unit provides a variety of concrete experiences that allow students to discover both physical and chemical properties of matter. As a pre-unit assessment, they identify examples of matter in the classroom and discuss what these items are made of. Students then differentiate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases through participation in a series of interactive demonstrations. Finally, by exploring mass and volume students develop an operational definition of matter.

In a series of 5 hands-on lessons, students gain experiences with physical properties of matter and see how these properties differ from chemical properties. Students are encouraged to record their investigations, observations, and new questions and ideas in their science notebooks, a process that helps prepare them to conduct their own investigations.

Students take a closer look at the states of matter through a series of interactive demonstrations that use water as a sample material. From these, they recognize that matter can change state, and that change of state is related to a change in temperature and particle movement of a material.

Students explore the buoyancy and magnetic attraction of a variety of materials, and conduct a liquid “race” to investigate viscosity. Class experiences also provide the opportunity to note several other observable properties, such as color, density, opacity, luster, reflectivity, malleability, brittleness, and flexibility.

Working in teams, students examine, combine, separate, and evaluate mixtures and solutions of solid and liquid matter. During 3 related activities, students manipulate materials to observe that, when matter is combined in mixtures and even appears to vanish in solutions, the amount of matter is conserved. They then use this information to explore a variety of chemical changes, identifying the specific signs that a chemical change has occurred.

Finally, students are challenged to use what they have learned to work with a team to plan, build, test, and evaluate a system to separate the materials in a mixture of muddy, colored water. As a culmination, students revisit activity sheets from the lesson to identify how many facts, strategies, and observations they utilized in the design of their own model solution to the problem, reinforcing how much they have learned about the structure and properties of matter.

Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. The Structure and Properties of Matter 3-Use Unit Kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #515502A) and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit 3 times to a class of up to 30 students.

Next Generation Science Standards®
The Building Blocks of Science® unit Structure and Properties of Matter, 2nd Edition, integrates process skills as defined by the Next Generation Standards®.

Performance Expectations

  • 5-PS1-1: Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
  • 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.
  • 5-PS1-3: Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • 5-PS1-4: Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Engineering Practices

  • Developing and Using Models
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Cause and Effect
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Assessment
This unit offers several ways to assess students, including a pre- and a post-unit assessment opportunity. Teachers can also use class discussions and charts to assess each lesson. Student activity sheets and science notebook entries—including drawings, writings, and dictated statements—can be used to gauge individual understanding of objectives and key vocabulary throughout the unit. The Assessment Observation Sheets supplied with each lesson help teachers document and measure students’ progress and knowledge using informal assessment. A general rubric is provided to help teachers evaluate individual students at any point in the unit. The rubric provides a progression of skills and understanding that covers exploration, vocabulary, concept building, and notebook entries. Finally, a summative assessment gives students the opportunity to demonstrate unit-specific content knowledge by responding to questions in a variety of formats.

Lesson Summaries
Lesson 1: What Is Matter?

Students focus on their familiar environment to begin the study of matter. They examine types of matter and differentiate among solids, liquids, and gases. They perform activities to observe and/or measure mass and volume in samples of these three states of matter. Through facilitated discussion, students compare and contrast their observations to develop conclusions.
Lesson 2: How Can Matter Change State?
Students continue to explore states of matter, participating in interactive demonstrations using water as the sample material. Students observe and explain characteristics of water in each state and also describe the changes from one phase to another. The class participates in several interactive demonstrations that reinforce the differences among the common states of matter.
Lesson 3: What Are Physical Properties of Matter?
Students expand their understanding of physical properties. Through teacher demonstrations and hands-on interactivities, students explore buoyancy, hardness, magnetism, and viscosity. Class experiences also provide the opportunity to note several other observable properties, such as color, density, opacity, luster, reflectivity, malleability, brittleness, and flexibility.
Lesson 4: What Are Mixtures and Solutions?
Working in teams, students examine, combine, separate, and evaluate mixtures and solutions of solid and liquid matter. During three related activities, students manipulate materials to observe that, when matter is combined in mixtures and even appears to vanish in solutions, the amount of matter is conserved.
Lesson 5: What Are Physical and Chemical Changes?
Students have already learned that matter can change state—a physical change—but the particles remain the same type of matter. Now students will identify the specific signs that a chemical change has occurred. Through activities and discussion, they are introduced to the concept that some combinations of matter (or matter and energy) produce changes that alter the smallest particles of the matter, transforming it into an entirely different substance.
Lesson 6: What Have We Learned About the Structure and Properties of Matter?
Working in teams, students plan, build, test, and evaluate a system to separate the materials in a mixture of muddy, colored water. Teams make a poster and use it to present their systems and explain their solution to the class. As a post-unit assessment, students revisit activity sheets from the lesson to note how many facts, strategies, and observations they utilized in the design of their own model solution to the problem.

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Components Qty Included?
Teacher’s Guide 1 Included
Unit Technology Pack (includes digital access to teacher’s guide and digital student access to student reader) 1 Included
Structure and Properties of Matter Student Reader 1 Included
Beaker, Pyrex®, 100 mL 2 Included
Tray, Cafe, Plastic, Red, 10 x 14” 8 Included
Cup, 1-1/4 oz, with Lid 135 Included
Cup, Plastic, 10 oz 400 Included
Funnel, Utility, 2-3/4” 8 Included
Cylinder, Graduated, Polypropylene, 1,000 mL 8 Included
Lens, Hand 30 Included
Iodine, Tincture, 2%, 1 oz 3 Included
Iron Filings, 40-60 Mesh, 500 g 3 Included
Cup, Measuring, 1/4 c 8 Included
Spoon, Measuring, Tablespoon 8 Included
Mesh Screen, 9 x 9” 24 Included
Clay, Modeling, Green, 1/4 lb 8 Included
Pipet, Graduated, Nonsterile, 3 mL 96 Included
Tank, Plastic, 1-1/2 gal 8 Included
String, Super Twine, 200-ft Roll 1 Included
Tape, Masking, 3/4”, Roll 16 Included
Bag, Plastic, Resealable, 6 x 6” 72 Included
Ball, Metal, 4.5 mm 2,800 Included
Washer, Flat, 5/16” 25 Included
Thermometer, Metal, Immersion 2 Included
Balloon, Round, 9” 148 Included
Cube, 1 cm 500 Included
Jar, Plastic, Clear, 32 oz 11 Included
Closure, Plastic, Clear, for Jar 11 Included
Magnetic Wand 12 Included
Marble 450 Included
Rug, Canvas, 24 x 30” 3 Included
Glove, Disposable, Small 200 Included
Balance, Precision School, with Weight 4 Included
Gravel, Aquarium, 5 lb 1 Included
Sand, Marine, 5 lb 2 Included
Soil, 1 L 2 Included

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