Properties of Matter Stations Lab (5-PS1-3)

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In this activity, students observe properties of matter at eight stations. Each station focuses on a different property and provides opportunities to apply Science and Engineering Practices and discuss Crosscutting Concepts. Students document their work in their Properties of Matter Stations Lab workbook and complete reflection questions to help synthesize their learning.

After students have completed their stations, they are ready to identify their Mystery Substance using what they have learned about the various properties of different materials. Students construct a written Claim-Evidence-Reasoning response to the question, What is the substance?

This lab was designed for the Elaborate phase of the 5E Model, which expects students to practice skills and concepts independently and apply what they have learned to new but similar situations.

This lab prepares students for Next Generation Science Standard 5-PS1-3, and several of the lab stations could very easily be modified to create a three dimensional assessment for that standard. Science and Engineering Practices embedded into this lab include Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Constructing Explanations. This activity pack provides a number of activities to emphasize the Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity.

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

5E Model Phase: Elaborate

Learning Target 1: Students can identify properties of matter.

Learning Target 2: Students can make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

Success Criteria: I can make observations to identify properties of matter.

Success Criteria: I can make observations and measurements that help me identify materials based on their properties.

Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Constructing Explanations

Crosscutting Concepts: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

What’s Included?

✻ Two Activities: Properties of Matter Stations Lab & Mystery Substance Challenge

✻ Detailed Teacher Instructions

✻ Student Workbook (+ CER Organizer)

✻ Properties of Matter Sorting Cards

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50+
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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