Module Summary – DSM Properties
Students explore Properties with thirteen hands-on activities and the Delta Science Reader. To make sense of the world, a child must develop the capacity to classify and sort. Because students love to explore things with their hands, free play with kit contents is the first step in every session. Students use their hands and eyes to classify and sort by color, size, shape, and texture. They work with balances and other equipment to compare and contrast objects by weight, buoyancy, magnetic attraction, and material composition. As they practice distinguishing and grouping objects, they also build two vital vocabulary skills: describing and explaining.
In the Delta Science Reader Properties, students are introduced to the concept of matter and some of the properties that distinguish one object from another. Students read about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. They observe that some objects sink while others float and that some objects are magnetic while others are not magnetic. The book describes how a geologist uses properties in her work. Students also read about how water can change.