Unit 2, Part 4 for the NGSS or LSSS standards:
5-PS1-1 (Particles of Matter),
5-PS1-2 (Conservation of Matter),
5-PS1-3 (Matter and Properties), and
5-PS1-4 (Physical and Chemical Changes).
This 5 day PBL science unit includes inquiry-based activities that:
Follow the 5E Learning Cycle
Cultivate student discussion
Incorporate STEM skills, such as data interpretation and evidence-based explanations
Support Common Core/ELA reading, research, and writing skills
Employ hands-on activities
Integrate reflection and review
Foster problem-based learning (PBL)
Frequently assess student learning in organic and varied ways
(Note: This unit is meant for 5th grade students in classrooms that use Next Generation Science Standards. However, it can also be used in classrooms with similar standards/expectations that relate to matter, chemistry, physical and chemical changes, and/or the digestive system.)
Other lessons in this unit:
What Is Matter Made Of?
How Do Scientists Identify Unknown Substances?
What Does Material Change?