Materials and Mixtures
Science4Us begins the study of matter with everyday objects that students are comfortable with. The Materials and Mixtures module begins the unit. Students explore everyday objects they know like recyclables, identifying objects made of wood, cloth, plastic or metal.
This Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to materials and mixtures. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.
This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.
Materials and Mixtures
Everything around us is made up of something, often a collection of different things. This module guides students as they begin to identify the different materials everyday objects are made of–specifically wood, plastic, metal and cloth–and how mixtures can be made by combining different objects and materials.
Everything around us is made up of different materials and can be combined to make mixtures.
mixture, substance, texture, unchanged, combine, sorting, separate, characteristics, material, composition
Cartoon characters and stories in verse help make content accessible and interesting to the youngest learners as they consider materials. Students play games to learn new vocabulary and practice concepts, working to sort mixtures by materials and properties, compare mass, and identify types of materials. Throughout the module, students record their thoughts and findings on materials and mixtures in a digital notebook.
Professional development provides all the tools teachers need to deliver the material with confidence. Printable teacher guides are available to help you expand on the material by way of prior knowledge and follow-up questions, as well as discussion points and expected student responses.
In addition to teacher guides, you’ll also have access to Teacher Lessons which provide additional information specific to important concepts found in each lesson. These include best practices, misconceptions, vocabulary connections and content extensions. For example, one common misconception for students learning about Materials and Mixtures is that a solution is the same thing as a mixture, however, while a solution is a mixture, unlike a mixture, a solution is the same throughout.