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Unit 2.1 What Does It Matter?


Area: Matter

This Second Grade unit is the FIRST in the curriculum of three (3) units developed to address the Second Grade science standards of the Michigan Science Standards related to Matter.

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While too small to be seen with visible light, atoms have substructures of their own. They have a small central region or nucleus—containing protons and neutrons—surrounded by a larger region containing electrons. The number of protons in the atomic nucleus (atomic number) is the defining characteristic of each element; different isotopes of the same element differ in the number of neutrons only. Despite the immense variation and number of substances, there are only some 100 different stable elements.

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Work in small groups to collaboratively plan an investigation to test how matter can be classified by observable properties using patterns from their collected data.
Work in small groups to design a structure based on the properties of the given materials that can withstand environmental conditions recording observations to evaluate the best material.
Construct an argument with evidence to explain that heating and cooling causes substances to change and the effect can be reversible or irreversible.
Use their observations to construct an explanation of how an object was formed by rearranging smaller pieces into a new shape without adding or leaving out pieces.
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