1st Edition

What's the Matter? A Physical Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades 2-3

    162 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    What's the Matter? is a field-tested physical science unit for high-ability learners in grades 2-3. In this unit, students work on solving real-world scenarios by using their newly discovered knowledge of matter, the measurement of matter, and change in physical properties. At the end of this 15-lesson unit, students present their data in a classroom “science conference.”

    What's the Matter?, a Project Clarion Primary Science Unit, utilizes a hands-on, constructivist approach that allows children to build their knowledge base and skills while they explore science topics through play and planned investigations. The overarching concept of change is used to deepen understanding of the scientific concepts in the unit.

    Winner of the 2010 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award, What's the Matter? was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.

    Each of the books in this series offers curriculum that focuses on advanced content and higher level processes. The science units contain simulations of real-world problems, and students experience the work of real science by using data-handling skills, analyzing information, and evaluating results. The mathematics units provide sophisticated ideas and concepts, challenging extensions, higher order thinking skills, and opportunities for student exploration based on interest. These materials are a must for any teacher seeking to challenge and engage learners and increase achievement.

    Grades 2-3

    Part I: Unit Overview Introduction to the Unit Unit Glossary Teacher Content Notes Teaching Resources Part II: Lesson Plans Lesson Overview Preteaching Lesson: Science Safety Science Safety Guidelines Preassessment Lesson 1: What Is Change? Lesson 2: What Is a Scientist? Lesson 3: Introduction to Matter Lesson 4: What Scientists Do: Observe, Question, Learn More Lesson 5: What Scientists Do: Experiment, Create Meaning, Tell Others Lesson 6: The Case of the Mystery Goop Lesson 7: Physical Changes by Changing Temperatures Lesson 8: Who Stole the Principal’s Water? Lesson 9: Who Stole the Principal’s Water? Part II Lesson 10: Measuring Mass Lesson 11: Measuring Volume Lesson 12: Evaporation Findings Lesson 13: Condensation Lesson 14: Planning the Investigation and Hosting the Matter Conference Lesson 15: Concluding the Unit Postassessment Appendix A: Teaching Models References Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards Alignment


    The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.