This engaging unit was made specifically to address the Next Generation Science Standard 2-PS-1 for second grade. A variety of activities are included with a heavy focus of developing a conceptural undersanding of properties of matter. Included in this unit:
Activity 1: What is Matter? : Students read an informational passage and then find examples of solids, liquids, and gases.
Activity 2: Properties of Matter Mini Book: This mini book allows students to become familiar with common property descriptors such as color, size, texture, flexibility and hardness. Colorful posters are also included to help teach this concept.
Activity 3: The Property Game Students play an engaging game focused on classifying matter by specific properties.
Activity 4: Paper Towel Test Students test 3 brands of paper towels to see which is the most absorbent.
Activity 5: Build it Re-Build It Students play a game requiring them to build an object using a specific number of blocks. There partner or group will then build a different object using the same number of blocks.
Activity 6: Word Wall Cards and Word Wall Activities: Word wall cards from the unit are included along with suggested activities.
Activity 7: Reversible and Irreversible Changes: Several demo ideas help students learn that some changes in matter can be reversed and some cannot. An activity sheet is included for students to document observations.
An optional post test and grading rubric are also included
If you like this unit check out Interdependent Relationships in an Ecosystem, the 2nd Gade NGSS Unit to address 2-LS-1 and 2-LS-4:
Interdependent Relationships in an Ecosystems
And the 2nd grade unit on Processes that Change the Earth addressing 2-ESS-1:
Processes that Shape the Earth
If you'd like to purchase the 2nd grade Entire Year Bundle that includes all 3 major units along with informational readings and engineering activities, check this out:
2nd Grade Entire Year Bundle
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