This Matter and Energy unit investigates the observable properties of materials. Descriptive vocabulary is explored as well as the suitability of materials for different purposes.
It consists of six lessons that are each approximately 60-minutes in length.
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.
For some of the lessons in this unit, students explore materials at various stations. Additional adult supervision at some of these stations would be beneficial.
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.
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