FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Measuring Matter (3rd Ed.)

Measurement, the process of quantifying observations, is one of the cornerstones of science. Measurement compares nature - the unknown - to a standard unit - the known. Through such comparison, the organization of the world becomes more comprehensive. The Measuring Matter Module has four investigations that introduce students to tools and procedures for making comparisons of matter in its common forms - solid, liquid, and gas. In this module, students will:

  • Apply the conventions of measurement - accuracy, position, orientation, repetition.
  • Use tools to make accurate measurements and represent measurements by using numbers and units; use measurement data to construct explanations.
  • Plan a procedure, and apply it to solve a problem.
  • Use tables and graphs to organize and display data for analysis.
  • Weigh materials to confirm conservation of matter.
  • Investigate the relationship between phase change and heating and cooling.
  • Make and separate a number of simple mixtures; mix materials to observe solutions and reactions.

For a description of each investigation in the Measuring Matter Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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