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Developing young scientists’ understanding of matter begins with an exploration of properties.
I am currently a methods student in a second grade classroom. I found this article to be very helpful as I am in the research stages of planning a lesson on matter. I know that they have a little bit of prior knowledge of matter, but my cooperating teacher believes that they may need a review lesson while I am doing my pre-assessment. This article also includes examples of the 5Es which is something we are touching on in my methods class! I hadn't thought about using Flubber in my lesson, but now I might. I would recommend this article for anyone teaching matter to younger students!
This is a great resource to use when researching matter prior to a lesson. It provides you with knowledge on a child's understandings of the topic as well as information on matter and its properties. The article also provides examples of the 5Es, which can help you plan for a students learning throughout the lesson. It guides you through the lesson step by step giving examples of student's work, modeling what your students work should look like. Overall, this article is a good resource to use when planning for a lesson on matter.
Madi Richardson (Keene, NH)
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