Properties of Matter - Mixtures and Solutions - Identifying Materials

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Such a great resource for 5th-grade science. My students loved learning to plan their own science investigations. One student said, "Hey, we are real scientists!"
This is a great resource! My students had a blast learning about mixtures and solutions! It went well with the standards and I felt like they were really doing the scientific process.
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Do you want to teach about Mixtures and Solutions? This is a complete unit on identifying materials based on their properties. Students will learn about the properties of solubility and conductivity and will plan and carry out investigations. Students will also investigate suspensions and colloids. Students will love being scientists and learning to conduct fair tests in an investigation.

This resource includes:

  • six investigations
  • a slide show on planning an investigation and identifying variables
  • a nonfiction reading passage on Particles in Matter
  • and another nonfiction reading passage on Mixtures and Solutions
  • lab pages
  • response pages ✏️
  • a quiz
  • Answer Keys ✅

★★★This resource uses phenomena. The materials for the labs are easy to find household materials. Students will love this engaging unit! ★★★

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PERFECT for teaching properties of matter and identifying materials. Ry engaging labs with easy-to-find materials. Loved this!❤️

Lucy ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

Wow! This is an outstanding unit. Clear directions and interesting labs! There were about five labs and my students really learned to think about variables and plan an investigation. I am going to be looking for more resources from this seller!❤️

These Six Labs are Included:

•Rate of Dissolving


•Planning Your Own Investigation

•Mixtures and Solutions

•Suspensions and Colloids

•Conductors and Insulators

This resource meets the standards from the strand Structure and Properties of Matter NGSS 5th grade NGSS 5-PS1-1. and NGSS 5-PS1-3. And also Utah SEEd 5.2.1 and 5.2.2

NGSS 5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

NGSS 5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

Utah SEEd 5.2.1

Develop and use a model to describe that matter is made of particles on a scale that is too small to be seen. Emphasize making observations of changes supported by a particle model of matter. Examples could include adding air to expand a balloon, compressing air in a syringe, adding food coloring to water, or dissolving salt in water and evaporating the water. The use of the terms atoms and molecules will be taught in Grades 6 through 8. (PS1.A)

Utah SEEd 5.2.2

Ask questions to plan and carry out investigations to identify substances based on patterns of their properties. Emphasize using properties to identify substances. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, conductivity, solubility, or a response to magnetic forces. Examples of substances could include powders, metals, minerals, or liquids. (PS1.A)

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Are you interested in your students learning about the conservation of matter in another great investigation?

Please see other great resources for fifth-grade science:

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Plants Unit with Fair Tests NGSS 5-LS1-1

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**My resources, including the slide show, are not editable. This is for copyright reasons.

Total Pages
68 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 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. Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.
Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Examples of evidence could include adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, and evaporating salt water. Assessment does not include the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation and condensation or defining the unseen particles.


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