Facts of the Matter

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Facts of the Matter

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9 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 3 - 5

This Properties of Matter unit explores the concept that solids, liquids, and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways.

It consists of 9 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

What's the Matter?

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A 60-minute lesson designed to activate students' prior knowledge of solids, liquids, and gases.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Matter Matters!

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A 60-minute lesson designed to introduce students to key terms and concepts related to matter and states of matter.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Solids

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will identify the observable characteristics of solids and how they behave in different ways.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Liquids

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will identify the observable characteristics of liquids and how they behave in different ways.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Gases

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will observe that gases have mass and take up space.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Changing States of Matter

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will explore the way solids, liquids, and gases change in different situations.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Going, Going, Gone!

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will recognize that substances exist in different states depending on the temperature.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Knowing Matters!

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will explore how knowledge of states of matter and their changes can help inform practices and decision making.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Slime - Solid, Liquid, or Gas?

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A 60-minute lesson in which students will recognize that not all substances can be easily classified on the basis of their observable properties.

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Lesson 10 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Understanding States of Matter

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An assessment task designed to assess students' knowledge and understanding of: solids, liquids, and gases; their properties; and their behavior.

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