ERIC Number: EJ1221728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
What Properties Matter?
Hanuscin, Deborah; King, Karen; Cisterna, Dante
Science and Children, v56 n9 p44-49 Jul 2019
In this article, the authors present a 5E learning cycle for fifth grade that focuses on using a model of matter to explain the properties they observe, and how those properties can help identify whether two objects are made of the same type of matter. That model also helps explain phenomena such as why a specific material floats, no matter how much of it is there. The authors used this lesson (which is part of a larger unit) with teachers participating in a professional development workshop that included a practicum experience with elementary learners. In prior lessons, students had developed an initial model of matter being made up of particles, and this lesson was used to further help them consider the connection between the properties of the particles themselves and the properties of the objects they make up.
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Models, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Faculty Development, Workshops, Practicums, Hands on Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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