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    Matter and Its Interactions

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

  1. Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances. 5-PS1-4

    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-PS1-4)
  • 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-PS1-4)
  • W.5.9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (5-PS1-4)

Model Course Mapping

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Resources & Lesson Plans

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    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 is a two part review of a 10-day module in which students work on several mini-design challenges that culminate in a multi-day engineering design challenge. In the first 6 modules, students focus on Structure and Properties of Matter t ...

  • In this engineering design challenge, students use their knowledge of science to help design and build a vehicle that is powered solely by a chemical reaction. First, they figure out the most effective combination of substances and water to create a ...

  • This lesson invites students to plan an investigation and use their collective knowledge to identify individual substances in a “mystery mix.” The resource includes a story that provides context and relevance for st ...

  • Students investigate and describe multiple indicators of both physical and chemical changes over a 10 day unit. The learning opportunities students were provided specifically addressed misconceptions about the reversibility of changes and the co ...

  • In this set of learning experiences arranged in a the linear 5 E lesson format, students will perform a series of investigations to further their understanding of the structures and properties of matter;and more specifically, what happens to matter w ...

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  • Students will investigate the physical change that occurs as milk is turned into butter.

  • This is the original article from Science and Children April/May 2017 Vol. 54 No. 8.

  • From TeachEngineering - Students construct small-sized model rocket-powered boats—"aqua-thrusters"—that are made from film canisters propelled by carbon dioxide gas produced from a chemical reaction between antacid tablets and water. They make predic...

  • Back and Forth

  • Grade: 5th. Duration: Two 45 minute class periods. I love that in this lesson you get to demonstrate the chemical reaction, but then ask the students "What do you think is going on here?" so that they can observe, predict, ask questions, etc.

  • Grade: 5th. Duration: One to Two 45 minute class periods. What I love about this lesson is that students get to rotate through stations to observe and identify different materials.

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