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    Matter and Its Interactions

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

  1. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 5-PS1-3

    Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

Planning Curriculum

Common Core State Standards Connections


  • W.5.7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. (5-PS1-3)
  • W.5.8 - Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. (5-PS1-3)
  • W.5.9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (5-PS1-3)


  • MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (5-PS1-3)
  • MP.4 - Model with mathematics. (5-PS1-3)
  • MP.5 - Use appropriate tools strategically. (5-PS1-3)

Model Course Mapping

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Resources & Lesson Plans

  • More resources added each week!
    A team of teacher curators is working to find, review, and vet online resources that support the standards. Check back often, as NSTA continues to add more targeted resources.
  • This NSTA Science & Children article details how fifth graders used the context of oil spills and soil contamination to model how scientists separate mixtures. This work has students in the role of environmental engineers designing solu ...

  • Billy's bike has been stolen and it is up to your students to crack the case by analyzing the soil tagged as evidence at the crime scene. Students use handheld digital microscopes connected to iPads to capture images of the soil for analysis ...

  • Students investigate the physical properties of five powders to determine their identity. In a follow up investigation, students observe changes to the powders when a drop of iodine is added to determine whether or not new ma ...

  • This classroom read-aloud leads students to engage in the science and engineering practices through the exploration of the structure and properties of matter. Questions presented by Mr. Whisker's facilitates student obser ...

  • This review is on the first segment of the Grade 5 curriculum of "The Inquiry Project: Seeing the World Through the Scientists' Eyes." Water, A Liquid is a series of 5 investigations about water. Students use readily available materials ...

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Planning Curriculum gives connections to other areas of study for easier curriculum creation.