Grade 5 Science
Week Three Lessons
This week, we will continue the classifying matter standard (TEKS). After learning the states of matter, students are ready to classify matter by six physical properties: Mass, Magnetism, Conducting Electricity, Physical State, Relative Density, and Solubility in Water. This week is a week of labs measuring and observing the physical properties of matter. Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!
(A) classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy; Readiness Standard
“I can” Statements:
I can classify matter by its physical properties.
Monday – Why can I not measure the mass of my water on a triple beam balance?
Tuesday – What causes the light bulb to light up when a conductor is placed in the circuit?
Wednesday – How does relative density compare to the definition of density?
Thursday – Which physical properties are the easiest to test out in the real world? Why?
Friday – What is the purpose of scientists classifying matter?
Word Wall Words:
Lesson Ideas and Materials:
Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.
Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook
Classifying Matter Lab Stations and Scavenger Hunt
Matter and Energy Anchor Charts
Physical Science Vocabulary
(M) Complete the Mass/ Volume and Magnetism labs from the States of Matter labs. Introduce the triple beam balance by showing students how to zero the balance, and how to measure mass. – Classifying Matter Labs
(T) Complete the Conductor and Solubility labs from the States of Matter labs. Introduce the circuit by showing the class how to set up their circuit and how to test the substances in the circuit. – Classifying Matter Labs
(W) Complete the Density and Physical States labs from the States of Matter labs. Introduce the triple beam balance by showing students how to zero the balance, and how to measure mass. – Classifying Matter Labs For this density lab, we are measuring relative density because our unit of measure is whether an object sinks or floats in water.
(Th) Classifying Matter Scavenger Hunt. Compare the students’ scavenger hunt findings as a class and test any items under debate. – Classifying Matter Labs
Have students complete the Physical Properties Notebook Activities. – Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook
(F) Using a book called “Physics” by Basher Books for the read aloud, read the Density page, and allow the students to make their own character for one of the word wall words for this week. Complete the Classifying Matter Anchor Chart- Matter and Energy Anchor Charts as a class. The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.
Science Wall to start each day.
During extra class time, complete the Physical Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.
Depending on your scavenger hunt length, you may want to do the notebook activity Friday.
The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.
Need materials for younger grades?
Here is what I have for matter and energy so far.