Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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McGraw Hill Inspire Science Program

Module 2 Overview

Physical and Chemical Changes



Science and Engineering Practices
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking


In this module, students will carry out an investigation and use mathematics and computational thinking to answer questions about physical and chemical changes in matter and the conservation of matter. Students will engage in scientific experiences to answer questions such as: What happens to the amount of matter when it changes state? What happens when different types of matter are mixed? How does matter change when it interacts with other matter?





In this module, students will investigate physical and chemical changes in matter. Students are engaged through the phenomenon of molten metal being poured into a mold. The STEM career of a metallurgist prompts students to ask questions about changes in matter.


The focus of this lesson is that matter can undergo various changes. Physical changes involve the matter changing state, shape, or size while maintaining its identifiable properties. Students will investigate that matter is conserved during physical changes in a closed system.


The focus of this lesson is that different types of matter can be combined to form mixtures. Mixtures are a physical change that can be reversed. Students will investigate that when two or more types of matter are combined, the amount of mass of the matter is conserved.


This lesson focuses on the fact that when certain types of matter are combined and form a new substance, it is called a chemical change. Most chemical changes cannot be reversed and the change causes the matter to have new properties. Students will explore how matter is also conserved during chemical changes in a closed system.


Students will use what they have learned about physical changes, mixtures, chemical changes, and conservation of matter to plan their own procedure. Using sugar, students will plan an investigation to show conservation through dissolving and melting.




Module 1 Overview

Structure and Properties of Matter


In this module, students will develop a model and carry out investigations using computational thinking to explore states of matter and identify properties of matter. Students will engage in scientific experiences to answer questions such as: What are the structures of matter? What is matter made of? What are some properties of metals and nonmetals?


Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations





The module opens by engaging students to think about how large boats and barges are able to float. Students are introduced to the STEM career of a materials engineer and prompted to use the Science and Engineering Practices of Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Developing and Using Models throughout the module.

4 day(s)

This lesson focuses on matter and that matter is all around us and has different structures. Models can be made to explain the structure of matter as it appears in a solid, a liquid, or a gas. Students will explore that matter can be measured with different tools to help determine its structure.

4 day(s)

This lesson focuses on how matter is made up of elements that determine its properties. These different properties are used to classify matter and can be used to identify unknown types of matter. Students will discover that understanding the properties of matter allows us to use matter to solve problems.

4 day(s)

Most types of matter can be classified as either metal or nonmetal. Each has different properties that can be identified to classify them. Metals and nonmetals have different uses based on their properties.


This module culminates with students designing, building, and testing their design of a boat that can float and hold the most amount of cargo without sinking. Students will apply their understanding of the structure and properties of matter to determine the best material to build their boat, and how the material compares to other materials.


McGraw Hill Inspire Science Program - overview

 The program consists of six modules.

I'm going to try to complete a module in three weeks (except for Module 5 which takes 5-6 weeks).


Module 1: Structure and Properties of Matter  (Sept 18 - Oct 13th)

Module 2: Physical and Chemical Changes (Oct 16th - 27th)

Module 3: Plant and Animal Needs (Nov 6th - Dec 1st)

Module 4:  Matter in Ecosystems (Jan 2nd - 19th)

Module 5: Interactions of Earth's Major Systems ( Jan 29th - March 9th)

Module 6: The Solar System and Beyond ( April 2nd - May 4th)




Links to Web resources:


Physical Science



Life Sciences


Earth and Space Sciences


Detailed plans for each project appear on the Teacher Planning page at the appropriate time.