This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe two major types of phenomena in physical science, the states of matter and magnets. Students will observe the three states of matter and how they change from one to another. Students will also explore the properties of magnets. The science skills emphasized in Physical Science are observation, prediction, classifying, creating models, gathering and organizing, and interpreting data. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit. This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


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SCI.K-4.4.P3.1a: Science

Matter takes up space and has mass. Two objects cannot occupy the same place at the same time.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.1: Science

solids have a definite shape and volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.2: Science

liquids do not have a definite shape but have a definite volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2a.3: Science

gases do not hold their shape or volume

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2b: Science

Temperature can affect the state of matter of a substance.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2c: Science

Changes in the properties or materials of objects can be observed and described.

SCI.K-4.4.P5.1e: Science

Magnetism is a force that may attract or repel certain materials.

SCI.K-4.4.P5.2a: Science

The forces of gravity and magnetism can affect objects through gases, liquids, and solids.

SCI.K-4.4.P5.2b: Science

The force of magnetism on objects decreases as distance increases.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.1: Math, Science and Technology

observe and describe properties of materials using appropriate tools.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe chemical and physical changes, including changes in states of matter.

SMT.PK-6.4.P5.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the effects of common forces (pushes and pulls) on objects, such as those caused by gravity, magnetism, and mechanical forces.

SMT.PK-6.4.P5.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe how forces can operate across distances.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-03.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this comprehensive five to seven week unit, early elementary students (targeted for grade 2) will learn about three states of matter and investigate phase changes. The unit also covers the basics of magnetism. Activities have clear objectives and are age-appropriate. This resource includes correlations with NY state standards, though objectives could easily fit in with other standards as well. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, an assessment with answer key, cross-curricular extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. The last section in the “kit” is a wiki, and Curriki members are encouraged to edit and build up the existing curriculum. This excellent unit can be used immediately in the classroom.

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