Fourth Grade Matter Unit

Investigating Changing Properties
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Investigating Heat & Changes in Materials
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Unit Overview
The Unit Overview contains a summary description of the unit and individual lessons. It features essential/unit questions that align with the unit benchmarks.

Unit Blueprint

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BSCS Science T.R.A.C.S. Investigating Changing Properties

Lesson 1: Which is Which?
Lesson 2: Exploring Five White Powders
Lesson 3: Investigating with Other Liquids
Lesson 4: The Mystery Mixture
Lesson 5: Does it Disappear?
Lesson 6: How Much Will Dissolve? (Skip Lesson)
Lesson 7: The Secret Mixture

BSCS Science T.R.A.C.S. Investigating Heat & Changes in Materials

Lesson 1: What Does Heating Do?
Lesson 2: What Does Cooling Do?
Lesson 3: How Hot Is It?
Lesson 4: Where Does Heat Flow?
Lesson 5: It's Melting!
Lesson 6: It's Freezing!
Lesson 7: Where Does the Liquid Go? (Skip Lesson)
Lesson 8: Getting Into Hot Water (Skip Lesson)
Lesson 9: What Have You Learned?

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Unit Benchmarks
The Unit Benchmarks provides a list of benchmarks (learning goals) for the unit. Project 2061 by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences was used for selecting enduring, developmentally appropriate benchmarks. The benchmarks are organized by chapters from Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
Research on Student Misconceptions
Research on Student Misconceptions contains research about common student misconceptions related to the unit of study. Research from the Research Base (Chapter 15) of Benchmarks for Science Literacy is primarily used. Additional research is used to supplement areas not addressed by Project 2061.

The Resources web page provides an annotated bibliography of web sites, videos, and books related to the unit of study. It contains hotlinks to relevant sites.


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