Properties of Matter Student-Designed Inquiry Lab

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Introduce physical and chemical properties through an inquiry activity in which students carry out simple student-designed investigations to identify properties of matter.

This lesson includes 11 student pages + a teacher lesson guide and answer key. Properties Of Matter Challenge Guide and Properties Of Matter Cards provide support for student investigations.

Learning Targets:

Students can identify properties of matter.

Students can make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

Science and Engineering Practices:

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Conduct an investigation and/or evaluate and/or revise the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that meet the goals of the investigation.

Crosscutting Concepts:


Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.

This resource is part of a storyline designed to target the tagged Next Generation Science Standards.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride. Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms. Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete depiction of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure.


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