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Properties of Matter for Grades K-2

An Inquiry Approach

By Jennifer E. Lawson
Other primary creator Rosalind Poon, Deidre Sagert, Melanie Nelson, and Lisa Schwartz
Categories: Education, Science & Technology
Series: Hands-On Science for British Columbia
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Softcover, coil bound : 9781553797999, 150 pages, March 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799597, 150 pages, June 2021


Properties of Matter for Grades K–2 from Hands-On Science for British Columbia: An Inquiry Approach completely aligns with BC’s New Curriculum for science. Grounded in the Know-Do-Understand model, First Peoples knowledge and perspectives, and student-driven scientific inquiry, this custom-written resource:

  • emphasizes Core Competencies, so students engage in deeper and lifelong learning
  • develops Curricular Competencies as students explore science through hands-on activities
  • fosters a deep understanding of the Big Ideas in science

Using proven Hands-On features, Properties of Matter for K–2 contains information and materials for both teachers and students including: Curricular Competencies correlation charts; background information on the science topics; complete, easy-to-follow lesson plans; reproducible student materials; and materials lists.

Innovative new elements have been developed specifically for the new curriculum:

  • a multi-age approach
  • a five-part instructional process—Engage, Explore, Expand, Embed, Enhance
  • an emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized learning
  • a fully developed assessment plan for summative, formative, and student self-assessment
  • a focus on real-life Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
  • learning centres that focus on multiple intelligences and universal design for learning (UDL)
  • place-based learning activities, Makerspaces, and Loose Parts

In Properties of Matter for K–2 students investigate matter. Core Competencies and Curricular Competencies will be addressed while students explore the following Big Ideas:

  • Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials.
  • Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes.
  • Matter is useful because of its properties.

Other Hands-On Science for British Columbia books for grades K–2

Living Things
Properties of Energy
Land, Water, and Sky