Matter Next Generation Science Unit

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2nd, Homeschool
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Learning Objective

TSW research, explore and test how matter can change.


Learning about matter is a big part of the 2nd grade Next Gen Science Standards. This 3 week in-depth unit gives students hands on activities, STEM challenges and literacy connections, to help them understand the big idea, "Matter can change."

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• Matter: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-3, 2-PS1-4


• unit outline with the big idea and essential question for each week

• weekly detailed lesson plans

• 10 objective cards plus a blank objective card

• 5 writing prompt pages

• matter vocab word find

• matter vocab crossword puzzle

• 16 vocabulary word wall cards and definitions to use for matching word and definitions or find your partner games

• Anchor Chart Templates in full color and BW: states of matter, atoms, properties describe matter (plus color, taste, density, size, odor, shape), adjectives describe..., hardness, elasticity, texture, shininess, invent me, matter changes

• answer keys when needed

• STEM Challenge direction slides (problem, plan, build, share, publish), planning pages, and publishing pages: rain hat

• Science Experiment Labs: properties of matter, root beer floats, oobleck, sink or float, rock candy

• states of matter sort (digital and blackline)

• atoms matter cheerios activity

• sorting matter by properties

• 4 properties of matter group research project reading passages

• rock candy recipe

• building blocks math connection activity

• 5 rearrange it slides (show how little pieces make up larger objects

• reversible and irreversible changes slideshow and discussion activity


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object. Examples of pieces could include blocks, building bricks, or other assorted small objects.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency. Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.
Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. Examples of reversible changes could include materials such as water and butter at different temperatures. Examples of irreversible changes could include cooking an egg, freezing a plant leaf, and heating paper.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).


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