Properties and changes of properties in matter is an integral part of the scientific world. Each substance that makes up our world is comprised of many different elements on the periodic table, such as steel and gold. Each element or matter has it’s own characteristics that are only part of its make up. During this unit students will explore the various characteristics that make up elements and compounds of multiple elements. Students will delve deeper and explore first hand the changes that elements undergo in the laboratory. Laboratory guidelines and rules will be another aspect of this unit that is covered thoroughly to ensure that all students understand laboratory safety and expectations.