Unit 2 covers the NGSS/LSSS standards 5-PS1-1 (Particles of Matter), 5-PS1-2 (Conservation of Matter), 5-PS1-3 (Properties of Matter), and 5-PS1-4 (Physical and Chemical Changes).
Lessons in this bundled unit:
What Is Matter Made Of?
How Do Scientists Identify Unknown Substances?
How Does Material Change?
PBL: Protect that Pill
This 8 week science unit includes inquiry-based activities that:
Follow the 5E Learning Cycle
Cultivate student discussion
Incorporate STEM skills, such as data interpretation and evidence-based explanations
Support Common Core/ELA reading, research, and writing skills
Employ hands-on activities
Integrate reflection and review
Foster problem-based learning (PBL)
Frequently assess student learning in organic and varied ways
Utilize art connections to maximize learning
(Note: This unit is meant for 5th grade students in classrooms that use Next Generation Science Standards. However, it can also be used in classrooms with similar standards/expectations that center around matter, properties, and changes.)