• Unit 2: Properties of Matter

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 8/20/2018

    Unit 3: Properties of Matter

    Essential Questions:

    • How can the physical properties of an object be determined?
    • What tools can assist you when you compare and ocntrast properties of matter?
    • How can temperature affect matter?
    • How can you measure different kinds of matter?
    • What materials will dissolve in water?
    • What materials will not dissolve in water?
    • How can you speed up or slow down the dissolving process?
    • How can mixtures of solids be separated?
    • How are physical and chemical changes affected by temperature?


    • Matter - anything that has mass and takes up space.
    • Mass - the amount of matter in an object.
    • Volume - the amount of space something takes up.
    • Property - something about an object that you can observe with your senses.
    • Solid - matter that has a definite shape and volume
    • LIquid - matter that has a definite volume and takes the shape of its container
    • Gas - matter that spreads to fill a space.
    • State of Matter - the forms in which a material can exist
    • Magnet - an object able to pull some metals toward itself.
    • Magnetism - a force created by magnets that pulls some metals.
    • Attract - to pull toward.
    • Pole - the part of the magnet where the force is the strongest.
    • Repel - to push away.

    Other important vocabulary terms:

    • Evaporation
    • Melting
    • Condensation
    • Water Vapor
    • Texture
    • Hardness
    • Odor
    • Color
    • Atoms
    • Mixture













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  • UNIT 2: Nature of Science & The Scientific Method

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 8/15/2018



    This unit begins our study of science. In class we will discuss what it means to be a scientist, what scientists do, and how they conduct investigations. This unit is embeded throughout all units during the school year.


    Unit Essential Questions

    • How do I conduct an experiment using appropriate tools, observations and evidence?
    • Why is it important to compare results/methods from multiple groups?
    • How do scientists use models in science?
    • How are good scietific investigations produced?
    • What tools do scientists use?
    • Why is safety important when conducting an experiment?

    Key Terms

    • Scientific Method
    • Investigation
    • Inquiry
    • Hypothesis
    • Procedure
    • Evidence
    • Data
    • Conclusion
    • Explanation
    • Model
    • Critical Thinking
    • Analyze
    • Critique
    • Safety
    • Tools
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  • STEAM Showcase Project (Unit 1)

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 8/14/2018

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    STEAM Showcase Project

    August - November


    During this project students will be working on their STEAM Showcase. They will be exposed to examples and will work on their own weekly. Students will explore scientific investigations that feature the fundamentals of science but also go beyond the traditional steps of the scientific method. Scientific investigations that involve observations, creativity, predictions, ingenuity, and inferences will allow students to gain insight into the practice of science. Assessing written scientific procedures, determining the effect of control groups on experiments, differentiating between variables in experiments, and discriminating findings within trials will give students the experience of working scientists. Students will keep records, interpret and analyze data in order to demonstrate scientific explanations based on experimental results.



    • Students can follow the scientific method to create a STEAM Showcase project.
    • Students can identify aspects of the scientific method.
    • Students can create a STEAM log.
    • Students can explain that the scientific method is not always followed in sequential order.



    • Scientific Method
    • Observation
    • Analyze 
    • Valid
    • Experiment
    • Investigation
    • Testable
    • Reliable
    • Evidence
    • Inference
    • Measurement
    • Control Group
    • Hypothesis
    • Repeatable
    • Variable
    • Data
    • Predict
    • Data
    • Predict
    • Trials
    • Conclusion


    *More information will be provided about this as we begin our projects. Please keep an eye out for requests for supplies for our investigations and experiments!

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  • 4th Grade Science

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 6/26/2018

    4th Grade Science Overview and Resources Coming Soon!

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