FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Materials and Motion

The Materials and Motion Module provides early-childhood students with integrated experiences with physical science, earth science, and engineering core ideas that relate to students’ interests and are teachable and learnable. We begin with a study of natural resources and properties of materials and how those properties determine their use—wood, paper, and fabric. Students come to understand that humans use natural resources for everything they do and that people affect the world around them. Students use those materials to engineer structures, applying physical science core ideas of energy transfer.

After building a repertoire of practices with materials, students investigate the effect of pushes and pulls, and apply their intuitive notion of the concept of variables to change the strength and direction of rolling balls to achieve specific outcomes.

Throughout the Materials and Motion Module, students engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, participating in collaborative investigations, observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations, and designing objects and systems to achieve specific outcomes. Students gain experiences that will contribute to beginning-level understanding of the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter, and structure and function.

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

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