5th Grade Science STAAR--Properties of Matter Activity

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This product includes 30 slides to be used when teaching properties of matter such as magnetism, solubility, relative density (sink/float), and conductivity. It is designed to be used as a daily warm-up or review to supplement a hands-on science curriculum. It is built to meet the needs of 5th grade students as they prepare for STAAR science and addresses TEKS 5.5A. High-quality, real photos accompany each slide and students fill out a chart to analyze the properties of each type of matter. A challenge question is included on each slide to build critical thinking skills. The challenge questions help students make real-world connections, find similarities and differences, and apply what they are learning to different situations. If you would prefer to use this product in small groups or during science stations/centers, a task card version of the slides is also included! The product download includes:

*30 whole class slides with same slides provided in task card form to be used in small groups

*3 possible recording sheets with graphic organizers—one for students to simply record the properties, one for students to write a sentence to describe each property, and one circle map with a CLOZE passage

*A short teacher’s guide and answer key are provided (challenge questions are open-ended and are not included in the key)

*Product is a PDF

*Preview shows ENTIRE product, however there are 4 pages tiled on each sheet and sheets are watermarked. The product download contains 46 pages.

*The strength of this product is in the repetition! Students need to use new vocabulary multiple times before they begin to internalize it. After about 5 days, your students will be pros at using words like solubility and relative density!

*Make an anchor chart of the vocabulary words magnetism, solubility, conductivity (conductor/insulator), relative density (sink/float), and physical state (solid, liquid, gas) for students to refer to as you work through the slides.

*Work through a slide a day as a class having students complete one of the organizers before discussing their responses.

*Place slides (or task cards) in a science station to review properties of matter.

*Help students make connections between properties of matter by looking at the properties of all the plastic items, all the metal items, all the glass items, etc.

*Make it hands-on! Instead of just telling students that cinnamon powder is not soluble, show them. Test properties of substances that are unfamiliar to students with a quick class demonstration.

*Stretch your students by requiring them to describe the shape, size, texture, color, and other details for each sample of matter!

5.5A-- Classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy

5PS13--Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Clarification Statement: Examples of materials to be identified could include baking soda and other powders, metals, minerals, and liquids. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, and solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.

*Click HERE for PHYSICAL SCIENCE Vocabulary Snip-its! This product includes physical science vocabulary activities and assessments for properties of matter and much more!
*PHYSICAL SCIENCE Vocabulary Flipper Puzzles This product includes vocabulary puzzles for properties of matter and much more!

As a Texas teacher, the products I make are designed around the standards for the state of Texas, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and are carefully crafted to help students be successful on the Texas STAAR test. I use the challenge of the TEKS and released STAAR assessments as models to guide me when putting together lessons and materials for students. Thus, I am careful to post products that, in my judgment, address those standards. I am not affiliated in any way with these entities and any and all claims of alignment are my claims, not those of the groups behind the TEKS or STAAR test. Some of my TEKS-based products also address standards from other states, the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), or Common Core and related standardized tests. For these products, I include the standards in the description. I am not affiliated with these entities and any claims of alignment are mine. Please contact me if you have questions.
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46 pages
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1 month
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