This is an in-depth states and properties of matter unit with detailed, science lesson plans for second grade. Designed to excite your students' curiosity and connect prior knowledge, students learn through engaging, high-interest lessons with hands-on investigations and experiments.
Students are introduced to science practices, such as making observations, constructing explanations, using evidence to support a claim, and designing solutions to problems.
Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, commonly taught state science standards, and Common Core State Standards, this flexible unit can be taught over 10, 15, or 17 days depending on the number of experiments you choose to do.
During each lesson students are presented with engineering connections that enable them to understand how solids, liquids, and gases are used in their everyday lives. Students plan and carry out investigations and experiments, Turn and Talk with partner discussion questions and Write About It with science journal activities.
Assess each lesson with 2 quick check/exit ticket options in fill in the blank or short written response format. A unit assessment concludes the unit.
I’ve included detailed, scripted lesson plans, guiding questions and objectives cards, science center extension activities and a related videos and read alouds list with all in an easy-prep planning binder. I’ve made it easier than ever to plan and teach an organized and effective unit, stress-free!
-A complete Teacher’s Guide with unit overview, pacing guide, standards alignment for each lesson & unit materials list
-8 Detailed, scripted science lesson plans. Each lesson takes 1-2 days to teach.
-8 Investigation/experiments with lab procedures and step-by-step directions with
-8-Lesson Teaching Power Point to guide you through the unit with Turn and Talk
partner discussion and Independent Activity instructions for students after each
-Essential Question and Learning Target Posters
-Student science journal with activity pages for each lesson
-Vocabulary lesson cards + full page posters
-Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in
-Related videos and book list
5 Literacy-Based Science Centers
Reinforce science content as students practice these literacy skills:
Cause & Effect
Comparing & Contrasting
Lesson 1: Describing Matter
Investigation 1: Cracker Lab
Lesson 2: Properties of Matter
Investigation 2: Testing Flexibility
Lesson 3: Understanding & Using Solids
Investigation 3: Design-A-Toy Using a Solid, Liquid & Gas
Lesson 4: Understanding & Using Liquids
Investigation 4: Design-Build-Test Model Dam
Lesson 5: Understanding & Using Gases
Investigation 5: Carbonation Exploration Pop Rocks Lab
Lesson 6: Changing Matter (Reversible and Irreversible Changes)
Investigation 6: Push & Pull Play Doh Lab
Lesson 7: Temperature and Matt
Investigation 7: Ice Cream in a Bag
Lesson 8: Matter Within Objects
Investigation 8: What Shapes Are Best for Building?
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