Curriculum

How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties?

This module is being field tested and will be available to purchase from fall 2018

How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties?

How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a brand new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 5 standards. It has a focus on physical science with a secondary focus on life science. In this module, students:

  • Compare solids on the basis of their physical properties
  • Compare solids on the basis of how they mix with water
  • Compare solids on the basis of on how they respond to heat
  • Draw particle models to explain dissolving and melting
  • Compare properties of solids before and after mixing with iodine and vinegar
  • Learn through a reading how plants make sugar from water and air
  • Identify unknown kitchen solids on the basis of their properties

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

 

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Lesson 15: Chef Presentation

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