Project Plan Builder 3: Exploring Matter

Project Information

Workshop: iTELL: integrating Technology for English Language Learners
Session: Santa Clarita Valley 6-14-10
Title: Exploring Matter
Access Level: Public
One Sentence Project Abstract:
Exploring the objects and matertials that make up our wolrld

Production Team

Williams, Emily

Students will explore matter. They will sort and describe objects and matertials that make our world.


Grade K
Physical Sciences
1.0 Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted. As a basis for understanding this concept.
1.a Students know objects can be described in terms of the materials they are made of (e.g., clay, cloth, paper) and their physical properties (e.g., color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility, attraction to magnets, floating, sinking).

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS)

1.0 Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
1.c Students use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

Essential Questions
What are objects around us made of?



Students will create a word/picture bank of all things made of paper. They will glue on types of paper ie. newspaper, paperplate, napkin, tissue, etc.


Students will sort objects made of wood, paper, plastic, metal, and cloth.


Students will compare and contrast the properties of cloth and paper with a t-chart. Do they fold, tear, and crumple?


Students will cut paper and make a paper chain as long as they are tall. They will need to bend paper.


Students will make art from paper ie. tear art apples, paper bag puppets,cards, etc.


Students will make a clay pot with earthen clay and an animal out of modeling clay.



Students will sort objects made of wood, paper, plastic, metal, and cloth.
Students will retell how to make paper on a photostory made by the teacher based on pictures of the children making paper in the classroom.

Media & Web Resources

URL Description
Technology link to Macmillan/ McGraw Hill Textbook resources for online projects and activities for students, teachers,and parents
Time for Kids Visit Time for kids online to read about current science news and explore additional science activities.
Matter Match Game Play a concentration game of content vocabulary
Making Matter Change-GAK Making matter change from a solid to a liquid.

Instructional Materials / Resources / Technology

Source Description
On-line lesson plans Hands on lesson plans from classroom teachers