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ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

Subject: Science (5)
Title: Matter Mystery
Description:

This activity can be used at the beginning of a unit or lesson on matter. The students will be given a list of items and will need to identify which items they consider to be matter. The students will also be asked to identify items that they don't consider to be matter and give reasons why. This activity can be used independently or with partners.

This activity is a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

Subject: Science (5)
Title: Density and Buoyancy: Mixing Hot and Cold Water
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.descwrld.zhot/density-and-buoyancy-mixing-hot-and-cold-water/
Description:

We've all seen substances change as a result of changes in temperature. Water heated on the stove eventually changes from a liquid to a gas and seemingly disappears as it disperses into the air. But even at lesser extremes, temperature affects the density of water. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, a cast member demonstrates how temperature affects the way water molecules react with one another.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] (5) 5 :
5 ) Construct explanations from observations to determine how the density of an object affects whether the object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid.

Subject: Science (5)
Title: Water Density
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/arct14.sci.zdensity/water-density/
Description:

Students experiment with density by changing the density of water, in this activity from Zoom. Students will discover that the more salt there is in the water, the denser the water is. Density is one thing that makes things float. 



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (2) 1 :
1 ) Conduct an investigation to describe and classify various substances according to physical properties (e.g., milk being a liquid, not clear in color, assuming shape of its container, mixing with water; mineral oil being a liquid, clear in color, taking shape of its container, floating in water; a brick being a solid, not clear in color, rough in texture, not taking the shape of its container, sinking in water).

[SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 2 :
2 ) Plan and carry out investigations to generate evidence supporting the claim that one pure substance can be distinguished from another based on characteristic properties.

Subject: Science (2 - 8)
Title: Properties of Matter StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/properties-of-matter.htm
Description:

Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. That is why mass and volume are the properties of matter.

The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the properties and characteristics of matter. This resource can provide background information for students before they conduct their own investigations. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (2) 1 :
1 ) Conduct an investigation to describe and classify various substances according to physical properties (e.g., milk being a liquid, not clear in color, assuming shape of its container, mixing with water; mineral oil being a liquid, clear in color, taking shape of its container, floating in water; a brick being a solid, not clear in color, rough in texture, not taking the shape of its container, sinking in water).

[SC2015] (2) 10 :
10 ) Collect and evaluate data to identify water found on Earth and determine whether it is a solid or a liquid (e.g., glaciers as solid forms of water; oceans, lakes, rivers, streams as liquid forms of water).

[SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

Subject: Science (2 - 5)
Title: Solids, Liquids, Gases StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/solids-liquids-gases.htm
Description:

All matter can exist in three forms: solid, liquid, or gas. Matter can change states through heating or cooling, and it is sure to change states when it reaches its boiling point or freezing point.

The classroom resource provides a video that will explain the three states of matter and how matter can change states. There is a karaoke song that students can learn to help them remember the characteristics of the states of matter. This resource can provide background information for students before they conduct their own investigations. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (2) 4 :
4 ) Provide evidence that some changes in matter caused by heating or cooling can be reversed (e.g., heating or freezing of water) and some changes are irreversible (e.g., baking a cake, boiling an egg).

[SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] (5) 4 :
4 ) Investigate whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances (e.g., mixing of baking soda and vinegar resulting in the formation of a new substance, gas; mixing of sand and water resulting in no new substance being formed).

Subject: Science (2 - 5)
Title: Acids and Bases StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/acids-and-bases.htm
Description:

An object’s pH level can be tested using indicators. Objects with a low pH are acids, and those with a high pH are bases. Acids and bases react together to form water and salt.

The classroom resource provides a video that will introduce students to pH levels, acids, bases, and their possible reactions. This resource can provide background information for students before they conduct their own investigations. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

Subject: Science (5)
Title: Peace, Love and Matter!
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/reach-with-stem-peace-love-matter/peace-love-and-matter/
Description:

Make peace with glossaries and charts as you learn to use these text features to find and record information on matter, its properties, and how it is measured. A hippie hippo will make learning to observe and measure matter seem a little bit groovy for all ages.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 10 :
10 ) Use research-based evidence to propose a scientific explanation regarding how the distribution of Earth's resources such as minerals, fossil fuels, and groundwater are the result of ongoing geoscience processes (e.g., past volcanic and hydrothermal activity, burial of organic sediments, active weathering of rock).

Subject: Science (5 - 6)
Title: Minerals StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/minerals.htm
Description:

Minerals are either elements or compounds with a crystalline structure that makeup rocks or are dissolved in water. They have many properties, including streak, color, luster, hardness, and structure.

The classroom resource provides a slide show that will describe minerals and their properties. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding. This resource can be used to provide background information before students perform their own observations and investigations.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (5 - 8)
Title: Matter's Physical Properties: Interactive Lesson | UNC-TV Science
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ilunctv18-sci-ilmattersphysicalproperties/matters-physical-properties-interactive-lesson-unc-tv-science/
Description:

What are the “physical properties” of matter, and how can they be measured and observed? Students will learn about some basic characteristics of matter—including those that depend on the amount of a substance and those that don’t—with this interactive lesson.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 4 :
4 ) Design and conduct an experiment to determine changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added to or removed from a system.

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 5 :
5 ) Observe and analyze characteristic properties of substances (e.g., odor, density, solubility, flammability, melting point, boiling point) before and after the substances combine to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Subject: Science (5 - 8)
Title: The Transfer of Energy 3: Rust and Corrosion
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/the-transfer-of-energy-3/
Description:

This lesson is the third of a three-part series on energy transformation. All three lessons have the general purpose of increasing students' understanding of energy transfer, its role in chemical change, and the factors that can influence this change. This lesson reinforces students' understanding of thermochemistry and electrochemistry by exposure to a process that they observe in everyday life. Through a practical experiment, this lesson allows students to understand how energy transfers during the chemical changes that occur in the rust and corrosion process and the factors that can influence these changes.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 7 :
7 ) Design, construct, and test a device (e.g., glow stick, hand warmer, hot or cold pack, thermal wrap) that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical reactions (e.g., dissolving ammonium chloride or calcium chloride in water) and modify the device as needed based on criteria (e.g., amount/concentration, time, temperature).*

Subject: Science (5 - 8)
Title: The Transfer of Energy 2: Electrochemistry
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/the-transfer-of-energy-2/
Description:

This lesson is the second of a three-part series on energy transformation. All three lessons have the general purpose of increasing students' understanding of energy transfer, its role in chemical change, and the factors that can influence this change. This lesson is intended to increase students' understanding of electron transfer and its role in chemical changes. In groups, students will complete a lemon battery experiment. Students should work in pairs to make a single lemon battery. Then, the student pairs should form larger groups to test batteries comprised of more than one lemon. 



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 3 :
3 ) Examine matter through observations and measurements to identify materials (e.g., powders, metals, minerals, liquids) based on their properties (e.g., color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility, density).

Subject: Science (5)
Title: Magnets 1: Magnetic Pick-Ups
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/magnets-1-magnetic-pick-ups/
Description:

Students will look at various objects, make predictions about whether they are magnetic or not, and then test their predictions. This exploration is an introductory activity to magnets and magnetism.



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