Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions

MSPNG-2 - Middle School (NGSS) - Physical Science

Particles of Matter and Chemical Reactions focuses on helping students understand ideas related to the particles that make up matter and how they behave during temperature change and when different substances are combined. Students gain a greater understanding of conservation of mass and in a physical or chemical change atoms are forever but can rearrange to form different material. They explore particles of matter to develop a Particle Theory of Matter in their own words, based on their understanding as the lessons progress. After students have established how the atoms and molecules that make up matter behave, they explore deeper into how they can interact to form new substances. Students discover, through models and role play, how atoms that make up the original substances are regrouped into different substances that have properties different from the original.


Engineering: Students dive into reactions that are exothermic and endothermic and, using what they have learned, design a device to keep water in an aquarium warm enough that animals can survive. 

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Unit-at-a-Glance

Next Generation Science Standards

Unit Features

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+Assessments

+ Student Journal

+ Student Journal Answer Key

+Writing Rubrics

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- NGSS Alignment Forms

- Packing Slip

- Unit Updates

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Unit Features

+ Phenomena

+Assessments

+ Student Journal

+ Student Journal Answer Key

+Writing Rubrics

Additional Features

- NGSS Alignment Forms

- Packing Slip

- Unit Updates

- Quick Order Form