Properties of Matter
introduces children to systematic exploration of solids, liquids and gases, and to their relationship to each other as different states of matter. As children engage in these activities, they will participate in the science cycle of reasoning, understand how to make a prediction and compare it to results, learn about the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases, and use changes in temperature to change the state of matter of different materials. Through the language and literacy activities they will be able to relate story information to personal experiences, learn new vocabulary, and participate in a variety of writing activities. Math activities will enable children to learn about and use measurement tools and to find, name, and build shapes. Properties of Matter
contains 20 complete science lesson plans, daily suggestions for language and literacy lessons, daily math lessons, and weekly suggestions for materials and activities to be included in all areas of center-based play.
Becoming Familiar with the Structure of ScienceStart! Lesson Plans
The following link contains an overview of the month long ScienceStart! unit Properties of Matter. The overview describes the topic of each lesson, the children’s book that is used as part of the science cycle for the lesson, and the literacy and math highlights for each week.
To view four different samples of complete one day lesson plans from our monthly units please visit Sample Daily Lesson Plans. Each day’s lesson plan is structured in the same way, with three pages that describe how to teach the lesson.
· The first page provides an overview of the lesson and a list of open-ended questions that can be used in discussing the topic.
· The second page provides suggestions for incorporating instruction in language and literacy into the lesson.
· The third page offers guidelines for using the science inquiry cycle as a framework for investigating the topic as well as a sidebar with suggested math activities.
"My Daughter would classify things around her as solid, gas or liquid." Parent