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Material Magic

Properties & Phases of Matter

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

NGSS Standards covered: K-2-ETS1-3 , 2-PS1-2 , K-2-ETS1-1 , 2-PS1-4 , K-2-ETS1-2 , 2-PS1-3 , 2-PS1-1
This unit develops the idea that by taking advantage of the properties of materials, we can solve many problems in our lives. Students will develop an appreciation for the manmade materials of everyday objects, and learn to recognize that those materials are chosen based on their properties. Through hands-on investigation, students will explore the material properties involved in meeting basic needs (such as clothing and cooking). They’ll consider the solid and liquid states of matter to understand why plastic was invented. The unit ends with a brainstorming activity about futuristic inventions that might be possible using new materials. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Material Properties, Engineering

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Mad Hatter (35 min)
Extras (2.8 hrs)

Mystery 2: Material Properties, Classifying Materials

Exploration (15 min)
Activity: Feel the Heat (35 min)
Extras (1.3 hrs)

Mystery 3: Material Changes & Phases of Matter

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Candy Melt (35 min)
Extras (2 hrs)

Mystery 4: Material Inventions, Engineering

Exploration (14 min)
Activity: Bouncy Glass Inventions (30 min)
Extras (2.5 hrs)

Mystery 5: Materials, Properties, & Engineering

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Paper Towers (30 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)