Properties of Matter

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:          Science                                                   

Grade:          Kindergarten

Unit  K.1:   Properties of Matter                               

Pacing:         9 weeks

Essential Question(s):

(Priority Standard 4)

  • Which would float: a piece of wood or a rock?  Why?
  • How are a piece of wood and a ping pong ball alike/different?

Big Idea(s):

(Priority Standard 4)

·         We use different kinds of tools to measure properties.

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

4. Use simple tools and nonstandard units to estimate and measure properties such as heaviness, magnetic attraction and float/sink.

 

Supporting Standards

3. Classify organisms or objects by one and two observable properties and explain the rule used for sorting (i.e.., size, color, shape, texture or flexibility).

 

5. Describe properties of materials such as wood, plastic, metal, cloth or paper and sort objects by the material from which they are made.

 

6. Count, order and sort objects by their observable properties.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

(Priority Standard 4)

 

·         Observable Properties

·         Size

·         Heaviness

·         Magnetic attraction

·         Float

·         Sink

·         Quantitative relationships:  same as, more than, less than, equal, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Priority Standard 4)

 

·         Estimate/predict and measure properties

·         Demonstrate use of simple tools and nonstandard units  to estimate and measure various properties

·         Make scientific observations

·         Classify organisms by  observable properties

·         Sort objects

·          Name sorting rule

·         Describe properties

 

 

 

 

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 “Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

(Priority Standard 4)

Use simple tools and nonstandard units to estimate and measure properties such as heaviness, magnetic attraction and float/sink.

1.       Observations of student progress

2.       Oral assessments

3.       Informal questions and answers

Instructional Planning

December – February  (9 weeks)

Observable Properties – Wood & Paper  Investigation 1 – Getting to Know Wood Part 1: Introduction to Wood Samples

 

Float – Wood & Paper

Investigation 1 – Getting to Know Wood Part 3: Wood & Water

 

Sink  (heaviness)– Wood & Paper

Investigation 1 – Part 4: Sink The Pine & Plywood

 

Heaviness – Activity Sheet – Guess and Check Which is heavier?

                In  K.1  Properties of Matter folder

Magnetism – Activity Sheet

                In  K.1  Properties of Matter folder

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Use a variety of objects in the sink/float experiment.  (Use same materials in magnetism lesson.)  Have students brainstorm to create a list of items that belong in each category.  Discuss why items belong in each group making sure to encourage students to incorporate new vocabulary in their discussions.

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Whole Group

Small Group and/or partner experimentation

One-on-one Strategies with Para

Centers

Pocket Charts

Review: i.e. picture and/or word cards

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

properties, wood, basswood, pine, plywood, redwood, particleboard, texture, hard, soft, rough, smooth, heavy, light, weight, grain, absorb, float, sink, soak, spread, test, same as, more than, less than, equal

Books:

How Do We Learn? - Delta Science First Readers

Wood and Paper – Foss Science Stories for Kindergarten

Math:

Students will sort objects by color, shape and size.

Students will graph objects and identify more than, less than, equal, most, and fewest.

Students will address quantitative relationships: same as, more than, less than, equal, etc.

Students will use standard and non-standard units to measure objects.

 

Language Arts:

After completing sink/float experiment, the students will  draw a picture and dictate or write a sentence describing what they discovered.